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Finding birds in varied places

Seagulls windsurfing along the shore at East Beach, Westport, MA

We have the best luck spotting birds when we visit shoreline spots we are familiar with. Again and again we find our way back to Gooseberry Island in Westport, MA and know we will see birds feeding just offshore on the rocky ocean bottom that offers great places for tasty creatures that diving birds are great at finding.

We visited Westport on a few outings in early spring and chose not to try Gooseberry Island, seeing a steady stream of cars crossing the causeway to the small spit of land jutting out into Long Island sound. But our most recent visit was on a day when rain was forecast. Perhaps it would be less crowded? Turns out, the answer was a resounding yes.

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Hunting for a Meal–Herons on the Trail and Red-tailed Hawks in the Yard

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This Red-tailed Hawk spotted a sparrow gorging on my blueberry bushes. Clearly hoping for an easy meal, the hawk waited.

We love to spot wildlife on our outings, walking or biking. We often spy great blue herons on our travels, and we try to stop to watch. Continue reading

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Close ups–bird life and more

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Great blue heron hunting next to Stillwater Scenic Trail, Smithfield, RI

Summer offers a lot of opportunities to get outdoors and simply sit a while to observe what is nearby. Sometimes that means finding wildlife right in your backyard. Other times, if you’re lucky, you spot birds wading just off a bike path, Continue reading

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