Nesting birds on the granite cliffs of Little Moose Island

Little Moose Island

Little Moose Island, along with Schoodic Island, is one of the most unique and fragile places in the region with its easy accessibility and its large numbers of nesting birds. Located directly off the southern coast of Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park, it has a special mix of plant life including coastal bogs, exposed heath lands, and thick stands of spruce and pine.

From the park road on the eastern side of Schoodic Peninsula you can see the island's tall red granite cliffs often covered with a variety of birds. This makes for a beautiful sight particularly at sunset when it is illuminated in a golden glow.

Little Moose Island GPS: 44.333464, -68.049867

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Little Moose Island is at East Pond Cove off the eastern side of Schoodic Peninsula. During low tide, a land bridge appears allowing access to the island by foot. However, please be cognizant of the low and high tide times and always respect the delicate nature of this place. Even passing boats can disturb the natural bird behavior.

This section of the State is referred to as “Down East Maine.” Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor play a significant part in the story.

Gouldsboro History Origin of Down East

Location map of Little Moose Island
Nesting birds at Little Moose Island
Little Moose Island at Low Tide
Little Moose Island at East Pond Cove


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Great Place for Birding Enthusiasts

Greg A. Hartford, photographer, author, publisherIt is quite a beautiful and a remarkable sight to view the number of birds that sometimes are on and over Little Moose Island off the eastern coast of Schoodic Peninsula at East pond Cove. Make sure to have some binoculars of a good long lens when standing on the shore. You will notice a lot of bird activity but hardly anything prepares one for the close-up view. This is Grand Central Station for nesting and socializing on the part of the Maine Coast!