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Birding: Spurwink Marsh, Robinson Woods, Pond Cove, Crescent Beach and Kettle Cove are especially good birding areas. Coastal birders may regularly see eiders, black ducks, goldeneye and many other waterfowl and shorebird species. The fresh and saltwater marsh ecosystems provide seasonal habitat for snowy egrets, great blue herons, tri-color herons, glossy ibis as well as predatory hawks and owls. Robinson Woods, Stonegate and Dyer-Hutchinson are home to a great number of woodpeckers, owls, thrush, songbirds, and seasonal warbler migrations.

Amphibians
: Many town-owned and CELT protected properties contain vernal pools. Vernal pools are seasonal wetlands that provide essential breeding habitat for woodland amphibians such as the rare blue spotted salamander, spotted salamander, and wood frog. Visitors in early spring may see clusters of eggs attached to underwater branches and grasses. Within a few weeks the eggs hatch and these ephemeral pools provide shelter to developing tadpoles and juvenile salamanders. Many of these pools dry up entirely by mid-summer and these species disperse into the surrounding environment until breeding season returns.

Mammals: Land in Cape Elizabeth provides habitat to the common mammals of New England. White-tailed deer, fox, coyote, moose, rabbit, porcupine, skunk, raccoon, red and gray squirrel, muskrat, pine marten, opossum, and beaver can all be seen around town. Properties protected from residential and commercial development provide dependable nesting and foraging sites for these species.

Marine Mammals: Please note that the occasional harbor or gray seal spotted on area beaches or along the rocky shoreline are federally protected species. Be sure to observe these marine mammals from a safe distance of at least 200 feet. Never attempt to move or assist a marine mammal that appears to be stranded as they may only be resting.

Fishing: Crescent Beach State Park, Two Lights State Park, Ft. Williams, and Kettle Cove all offer relatively easy access to the shore for recreational fishing. While a saltwater fishing license is not needed, anglers should familiarize themselves with statewide fishing regulations. Angling for striped bass using bait or lures is generally most productive from late June through September. Summer anglers may also catch small pollock, black sea bass or mackerel.



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