'Tis the season to watch nature awaken from it's long winter nap. It's an exciting time as we watch the bulbs sprout from the ground, the snow cover melt away and listen to the happy birds that wintered over chirping in the branches above. Each spring we all look forward to the arrival of migrating wildlife, especially the birds. This time of year provides a wonderful opportunity to teach children about the seasons and the habits of wildlife, which often resemble our own seasonal habits. Though you can watch for spring migrants in your own backyard, following is my list of our favorite places to spot migrating birds in New England. There are so many I like, I found it hard to choose only ten!
|Piping Plover on nest. Bill Byrne. USFWS National Digital Library.|
Best Spots to See Migrating Birds in the Spring in New England
1. Hammonasset State Park - Madison, Connecticut: warblers, waterfowl.
2. White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center - Litchfield, Connecticut: Bluebirds, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Tree Swallow, Canada Geese, grebes, terns and Red-Winged Blackbirds.