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Where and When to View Nesting Bald Eagles in Maine

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Maine's coastline, rivers and lakes provide habitat for 500 nesting bald eagle pairs - the most in the northeast. Credit: Bill Silliker.

The Maine Office of Tourism ( just tipped us on an event that’s certainly not for the birds: where to view nesting bald eagles throughout the state.

With more than 500 nesting pairs producing more than 300 fledglings each spring, Maine is also home to 75 percent of the bald eagle population in New England and New York. According to, March and April are the best time to view nesting eagles. while April through June are optimal to spot young eaglets in a nest. Many of the bald eagles live in Maine year-round, so the potential is always there to see this majestic bird.

Here are some spots in Maine that are best known for eagle watching, according to the Office of Maine Tourism:

The inlet that separates Lubec and Eastport on the downeast coast is full of nooks, crannies and islands that make great nesting sites. See eagles at Reversing Falls Park in

Pembroke, Cobscook Bay State Park or Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge along Route 1 in Edmunds.

Penobscot River: Spot eagles soaring above the river and nesting along Route 2 between Old Town and Lincoln.

Sebago Lake: Islands in southern Maine’s largest lake are home to nesting eagle pairs that produce eaglets each year. Adjacent Little Sebago Lake also has resident eagles.

Rangeley Lakes: Mooselookmeguntic Lake and Rangeley Lake are dependable spots for eagle sightings.

Aroostook County: The Fish River, which runs south along Route 11 and into the Fish River Chain of Lakes, is known for its eagle nests and flight sightings.

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