It’s been a long time coming, but the Steller’s Sea Eagle is back in Maine! On Saturday, February 4th, the enormous raptor was spotted near the Route 127 bridge between Arrowsic and Georgetown. This marks the first time the Steller’s Sea Eagle has been seen in Maine since March 5, 2022.
The Steller’s Sea Eagle is native to Siberia and is one of the largest birds in the world. It first appeared in Maine on December 30, 2021, in Georgetown near the Five Islands public wharf. Before that, it had been spotted in Alaska in August 2020 and then made a detour to Texas on its way to Quebec in mid-March 2021. It was then seen in New Brunswick in early July, before being rediscovered in Nova Scotia in November and finally finding its way to Maine.
Bird enthusiasts from across the country have flocked to the midcoast of Maine to catch a glimpse of this rare raptor. Unfortunately, the Steller’s Sea Eagle is listed as vulnerable and predictions suggest they will go extinct within the next 40 years. There are only about 5,000 Steller’s Sea Eagles left in the world, with most of them located on the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia.
If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of the majestic Steller’s Sea Eagle, now is your chance! Head to the midcoast of Maine and keep your eyes peeled. Who knows, you may be lucky enough to spot this rare and beautiful bird!