Tim Gallagher shares his honorable mentions for the best places to spot birds in New England.
Machias Seal Island
This off-shore island is the place to see nesting puffins, as well as common and arctic terns, the common eider, razorbill, black guillemot, and common murre. Other pelagic species, such as shearwaters and jaegers, are usually seen on the trip out and back to the island. Three licensed tour operators can land on the island; the shortest trip is from Cutler, Maine. Time to go: mid-June to mid-July.
Bay of Fundy, Maine
Connecticut Lakes Region
This tract of state forest land is crisscrossed by timber roads. Spruce grouse, gray jay, boreal chickadee, northern saw-whet owl, rusty blackbird, warblers, black-backed woodpecker, and the common raven are all highlights.
Pittsburg, New Hampshire
Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area
This southern tributary of Lake Champlain along the Atlantic flyway is famous for its Canada- and snow-geese migrations, with numerous migrant waterfowl and shorebirds. These cattail-dominated wetlands and agricultural lands are home to more than 200 bird species.
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge
About an hour by ferry from Port Judith on the mainland, this small island on the edge of the Atlantic flyway hosts a wide variety of habitats, including scrubland, dunes, beaches, and ponds. The refuge covers about 30 percent of the northern end of the 12-square-mile island; the rest is private property. Great birding spring, summer, and fall.
50 Bend Road, Charlestown, Rhode Island
Hammonasset Beach State Park
This spit of land jutting into the Long Island Sound was used by the Army to test ammunition during World Wars I and II. It’s now a state park with a 286-species checklist, including 20 types of sparrows, 15 warblers, and 26 different ducks.
1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut
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