March Birding Programs

March Birding Programs

Red-winged Blackbird

Bring A Friend Bald Eagle Adventure 
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015 
Time: 3:30 pm to sunset 
Fee: 2 for $30
Meeting Location: Newburyport’s Cashman Park Boat Launch at the end of Sally Snyder Way – which is off Merrimac Street

Join us as we search for Bald Eagles, our national symbol. Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect winter habitat for these majestic birds. We’ll discuss the field marks, bill size and shape, cere and talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed, altitude, their plumage and more. We’ll be along the Merrimack River’s edge, and we will be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them. 

Bring along friends & introduce them to the joys of birding.

Signs of Spring
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 3:30 pm to sunset
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge – Parking Lot #1 

Celebrate the longer days with the birds! Join Sue and search for birds on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. If you have binoculars and a field guide, please bring them along. Please dress for the weather [in layers, wear warm socks & sturdy shoes]; remember that the Refuge is always cooler than the mainland.

Sunset Birding at Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 3:30 pm to dark
Fee: $20 each
Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation 

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in rafts. Loons and grebes are easily observed. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can also be seen. We’ll search the campground area, a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings.  The pines along the marsh edge are great for harboring wintering owls.  At low tide on Badger’s Rocks, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.