Join the Tin Mountain staff on Thursday, March 1st for a birding trip to Plum Island, one of the region’s primer winter birding locations. The first stop ion this annual Tin Mountain migration is the Merrimack River nears Salisbury, MA where bald eagles, great cormorants, golden-eye ducks, and mergansers are among the local inhabitants. After a brief stop at Joppa Flats to view shorebirds and ducks, it’s on to the Parker U.S. Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, and to Salisbury Beach, where participants are sure to make numerous unique sightings.

“If you feel like you know all the birds at your birdfeeders by name, this is a great opportunity to see some new avian friends,” says Tin Mountain Executive Director Michael Cline. “This is a great birding trip because we always have unusual sightings. One year we had snow geese, another had a short-eared owl chase a merlin, and still another we saw a great blue heron drift by on an ice floe and purple sandpipers in the surf. We’ve seen northern shrikes, rough-legged hawks, and we typically see several snowy owls and numerous bald eagles.”

This is an all day birding trip, and participants should bring warm cloths, lunch, and binoculars (or borrow a pair from Tin Mountain). The trip will leave from the Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany at 7:30 AM. Individuals with all levels of birding experience are encouraged to come along.

Cost to non-members is $3/person and $5/family; members are free. Reservations requested, space is limited and no dogs on this trip. This program is sponsored in part by L.L. Bean and the Evenor Armington Fund. For more information contact Tin Mountain Conservation Center at 447-6991. Learn more about other Tin Mountain programs, events, and conservation efforts at  Youcan also visti us on facebook.