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May 4, 2013

With May's arrival, birders prepare for busy month

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I thought it better that there were not more migrants there today. Maybe they know to avoid the island and the truck traffic. Then again, probably not. Migrants have been trickling in around the area, so more will surely follow. I received reports this week of Baltimore orioles at a feeder in Byfield and a rose-breasted grosbeak on Turkey Hill Road in West Newbury.

A prothonotary warbler was seen in Hellcat on Thursday and I heard a golden-winged warbler on Pikes Bridge Road in West Newbury that same day. I am leading some free early morning walks this coming Tuesday and Thursday morning, to Pike’s Bridge Road and Oak Hill Cemetery respectively, plus a Sunday Morning walk on Sunday, May 12. Check our website for particulars or contact the store directly.

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Steve Grinley is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift at the Route 1 traffic circle in Newburyport and the Nature Shop at Joppa Flats.

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