Area spotlight: The Scarborough Marsh

Today’s spotlight is the Scarborough Marsh in Scarborough, Maine.  This marsh is the biggest saltwater marsh in the state, with about 3,100 acres of various types of marshlands.  It’s also a great place to visit, birding, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, even walking and biking, it’s a beautiful place.

My favorite thing to do at the marsh is photography, obviously.  It’s actually many people’s favorite things about the marsh, the different species of wildlife, especially birds, and the gorgeous scenery it’s the perfect place for pictures.  My family actually had a photoshoot done there a couple years ago!

Fishing is another thing that is quite popular at the marsh.  With a fairly large population of Striped Bass (or “stripers”) swimming in and out with the tides many saltwater fishermen.  There are even some clam flats open for clamming.
Sorry for the blur, my phone hates zoom.

Though I haven’t really been specifically bird watching here, yet, I haven’t completely missed some of the species there.  The most common species I’ve seen are Snowy Egrets, and of course, Seagulls.  Great Blue Herons aren’t uncommon either, they are often seen flying over the roads of the towns surrounding the marsh.  Mallards seem to be the most common duck of the area, the marsh, and Milliken Mills pond almost always have a pair or two of mallards on any given day, I haven’t ever seen a nest, but occasionally you even see the ducklings following their parents around in the water! It’s very cute, and always fun to see.  One of my favorites is the Glossy Ibis, I don’t see them often, but they’re gorgeous, and fun to watch!

There are many trails, including the Eastern Trail that I talked about last time.  Most of them are walking only, unlike the Eastern Trail where you can also ride bicycles.  Another way to see the marsh is by train! There is a train track over the marsh, that’s definitely an interesting perspective!

Of course, no tour of the marsh would be completely without talking about the canoeing and kayaking opportunities.  The water is fairly calm, and some of the channels are very wide, making it easy to paddle.  Along the way you’ll see lots of different kinds of wildlife, including many species of birds, and possibly some mammals species, such as muskrats.

If you get hungry after spending all day in the marsh you can visit the Clambake, just down the road from the parking area at the Eastern Trail opening into the marsh!

 There’s a seating area with big windows looking out onto the marsh, and there are always lots of hungry seagulls outside.  While waiting for your food, and eating you can watch the wildlife outside the window. and when you’re finished you can take any leftovers outside to feed to the seagulls.  The birds there have been fed like that for so many years that they will take food right out of your fingers if you hold it out to them.  Just be careful, their beaks are sharp, and it can hurt if they accidentally bite you.

No matter what you decide to do I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time at the Scarborough Marsh. 🙂

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