Late April is a wonderful time to walk around the impoundment at Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area in West Kingston, RI looking for birds. This 4 mile walk on even ground through swamps, fields, and mixed forests hosts amply opportunities for shorebirds, ibis, herons, rails, swallows, ducks, nesting osprey, and other birds. In the fields and forests around the pond we will look for warblers including Palm, Yellow, Pine, Yellow-rumped, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Black and White. Other possible songbirds include Great Crested Flycatcher, gnatcatchers, vireos, Indigo Bunting, tanagers, orioles, Eastern Bluebird, thrushes, Eastern Kingbird, and sparrows. Also likely are raptors such as American Kestrel, Broad-winged Hawk, and accipiters. The birds will be singing, which also creates a wonderful opportunity to work on bird song identification.
Open to ages 14 and older with an adult.
1. Meet at Drumlin Farm, where we will travel together in Mass Audubon vans. All participants riding in a Mass Audubon vehicle must be masked and present their vaccination record - actual or photo. Masks are optional when not in vans.
2. We'll stop for lunch, not included in fee, at a local restaurant. Participants are also invited to bring their own lunch.
3. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, sun protection, good walking shoes, water, and snacks. Trip leaders will be bringing scopes.