May Migration Programs

May Migration Programs

Wednesday Evenings in Wild West Newbury

Dates: Wednesdays, May 11, 18, & 25
Time: 6:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Pike’s Bridge Road parking area on Turkey Hill Road in West Newbury

We’ll be exploring the Pike’s Bridge Road area and other highly productive, birding locations in West Newbury during these evening programs. Some carpooling is involved. No facilities are available during this program.

Directions: From the Scotland Road exit off I-95, take Scotland Road heading west; then take an immediate right onto Turkey Hill Road.  Drive north on Turkey Hill Road about half a mile to a large, dirt pull off on the left [this is where the road curves right]. Pike’s Bridge Road is a dirt road with a metal gate across it which allows no vehicles to enter.

The Birds of Oak Hill Cemetery 

Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Meeting Location: Just inside the Parker Street entrance
Fee: $15

Oak Hill Cemetery is one of the best birding spots in Newburyport for songbirds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners as well as seasoned birders are welcome.  Loaner binoculars are available.

Birding Byfield’s Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area 

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Meeting Location: First parking area by the buildings
Fee: $15

This 1500+ acre property consists of hardwood forest with understory. Rocky hills and small, fire ponds dot the property. Sections of this property are poorly drained and seasonally wet. The headwaters of Cart Creek and the Little River are within the property. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pasture and wooded tracts. We will walk at least 2.5 miles on fairly level, gravel roads, searching for breeding birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Directions: Take Route 95 to the Central St/Byfield Exit. Follow Central Street east to Orchard Street (3/4 mile).  Turn left onto Orchard Street and drive approx. 1 mile to the parking area on the left.

West Newbury’s Ash Street Swamp 

Date: Monday, May 30
Time: 7:30 am –  9:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: At the corner of Main & Maple Streets in West Newbury Center ~ Maple Street is opposite the West Newbury Post Office.

Join us as we search for birds at West Newbury’s Ash Street Swamp.  We’ll listen to birdsong as well as use our trained eyes.  Participants should have good hearing ability and be able to walk onunpaved terrain.  The pace will be slow. Waterproof shoes are suggested. Please be prepared with a beverage, a long sleeved shirt, long pants, hat and bug repellent.

With best wishes,