Bird Walk – May 17

Above: Last year, SOLF Bird Wask participants got to enjoy American Goldfinches like this one, among many other varieties. I wonder what’s in store for them this year? (Photo posted to Flickr by ibm4381)

Southborough Open Land Foundation is encouraging residents to break out their binoculars for a special hike this Saturday. This walk is literally for the birds.

While the walk is free of charge to the public, it will be led by a Director of Mass Audobon as part of his Bird-a-thon fundraising efforts:

Bird-a-thon is our most important fundraising event of the year, and your contribution will directly support our habitat management, monitoring, and conservation planning work for the birds of Massachusetts.

The May 17th Bird Walk will take place at the Beals Preserve from 7:00 am (sharp) to about 9:00 am.

Walkers will meet at  the triangle area of Main St. (Route 30) and Northborough Rd. for a brief introduction.

Don’t worry, no previous bird watching experience is necessary. Anyone who appreciates nature should enjoy the walk:

Last year walkers at this popular event saw a variety of birds including a Chimney Swift, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Baltimore Oriole, Barn Swallow, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Bobolink, Common Grackle, Common Yellowthroat, Comorant, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Green Heron, House sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-tailed hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow, and a Yellow Warbler.

Jeff Collins, Director of Mass Audubon’s Ecological Management Department has led many birding tours in North and South America. He shares a wide range of information on plants, animals, birds and habitats as well has his enthusiasm for the natural beauty of each destination. If you would like more information about the Bird-a-thon, or to contribute to its support, visit Jeff’s Bird-a-thon page.

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