I had heard about Thorne Head Preserve from eBird. I knew it was an eBird Hotspot, but I was having trouble finding how to access it. I thought I would have to hike 2 miles through tick and mosquito infested woods to even get there, but then one day in June I drove to Bath to count birds. I stopped at a little cafe to eat breakfast and when the waitress saw me with my binoculars we struck up a conversation. She told me about Thorne Head and how to get there. With my coffee to go in hand, I headed out. I found my way to High Street and travelled north past the turn off to the dump to where the road turns to dirt. This is what confused me before, but if you follow the dirt road it opens to a public parking lot and the trail is right there in front of you! after parking the car and donning binoculars, hat, and camera, I headed out!
I could hear birds all along the way and I spotted several warblers here.
It did not take me long to get to this point and I soon headed back down. On the way I took a little detour trail around the backside of the pond where I found a mother mallard and her duckling slipping quietly through the marsh.
I liked this place so much that two days later when my daughter came to visit me I took her hiking here. This time when we got to the top of the trail I really struck gold when I found a Male Scarlett Tanager. Note: I always want to say and spell it T-A-N-A-N-G-E-R, which is wrong. There is no second “N.” I don’t know why I do this.
Isn’t he a beaut! These are my best photos ever of a Scarlett Tanager I think!
I have not been back to Thorne Head since that time, but I think I will go again before the snows flies if I am able. In my two visits there I counted a total of 27 species of birds. A word of caution to birders: I just discovered they allow hunting on this property so take proper precautions in season. However, as I understand it, Maine does not allow hunting on Sundays.
Click on the links below for more information.