April 2016

The meeting of the Merrimack River and Plum Island form an unspoiled estuary that offers some of the finest birdwatching in the nation. This past week, birdwatchers reported seeing, in part, a “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal, a Short-eared Owl (pictured at left), a Merlin, and a Palm Warbler. Newburyport is home to two great organizations that facilitate opportunities for nature lovers to experience the beautiful natural resources in our area.

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge reports that it is not unusual to see 15-20 species of warblers in the area in mid-May. And, during spring and summer, large numbers of waterfowl, herons, egrets, and land birds nest and feed in the extensive salt marshes.

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is Offering a Full Roster of Activites at No Cost During the Month of April!

The Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge attract thousands of visitors each year and are a wonderful resource for bird-watching enthusiasts, offering information and programs for all levels of skill and interest. Please check out their websites for details! And, make your reservations to stay at the Essex Street Inn while you’re in the area.