Coastal Mountains Land Trust will host a spring bird walk at its Ducktrap River Preserve in Lincolnville Friday, May 14, from 6-9 a.m. Kristen Lindquist, development director for the land trust, will lead the walk, which is free and open to the public.

Birders of all levels are welcome on this outing in search of spring migrants. The combination of riparian and various forest habitats along a one-mile stretch of the trail always promises a good variety of birds, from winter wrens and water thrushes along the river to Blackburnian warblers and barred owls in the mature hemlock grove. Past years’ participants have been fortunate to see such colorful species as scarlet tanagers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and indigo buntings, in addition to more than a dozen different warblers. Given the early onset of spring this year, anything could show up.

The outing will take place even in light rain. Bring your own binoculars; bug repellent is highly recommended. While the trail is fairly easy going, be prepared for potentially wet terrain. Participants should meet on the north side of Route 52 where it crosses the Ducktrap River, about 3.5 miles north of Lincolnville Center. The Ducktrap River Preserve is part of the land trust’s system of conservation lands protecting natural and scenic resources in the coastal mountains of western Penobscot Bay.

This walk is one of a series of bird outings featured as part of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Bird Week. Lindquist will give a keynote presentation on spring migrants Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library. For more information on Bird Week, visit

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. For more information about this event, the land Ttrust, or the Ducktrap River Preserve, call 236-7091 or visit