We had a great hike on the Perham Stream Birding Trail in Madrid Township on Saturday, May 23rd. The weather was a bit chilly at the start (there were a few snow showers in the mountains!) but it was a hardy bunch of about fifteen birders with binoculars and birding lists in hand.
The group was led by Pete McKinley, Ecologist at The Wilderness Society and Maine A.T. Land Trust Vice President, Kirsten Burbank, Trustee of the Sandy River Land Trust, and property owner Carson Hinkley. We were treated to sightings of a Brown Thrasher, a few Magnolia Warblers, and a Northern Goshawk, among others (see full list below)!
Special thanks to Carson Hinkley for not only graciously opening his property up to public use, but for maintaining the trails and having a vision as to the design and future of the landscape. His knowledge of the history of Madrid Township and the lands all around the High Peaks makes the trail what it is today.
Complete list of species seen (courtesy of Western Maine Audubon):