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November 16, 2013

Newburyport Birders programs

Thanksgiving morning walk at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury

Thursday, Nov. 28; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Fee: $20. Bring a friend or a family member along at no additional cost.

Meet at the end of Little’s Lane. Look for the Newburyport Birders’ A-frame sign.

Walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, sparrows, hawks, Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take your first left onto Little’s Lane.

Birding Ramble at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Friday, Nov. 29; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fee: $20

Meet by the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide. Search for Short-eared and Snowy Owls along with Rough-legged Hawks.

Look at Every Bird at Cherry Hill (Indian Hill) Reservoir

Saturday, Nov. 30; 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Fee: $20

Meet by the first parking area on Moulton Street in West Newbury. Look for the Newburyport Birders’ A-frame sign.

The Cherry Hill (Indian Hill) Reservoir is a perfect setting for waterfowl viewing. This public water source hosts Ruddy Duck and Ring-necked Duck, and both spend the fall here in the hundreds. Other species that can be seen here are Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup, Bufflehead, the occasional Canvasback, Redhead and merganser.

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