Where else in the region can one watch the goings-on in a massive Bald Eagle nest, then turn around and see Peregrine Falcons tending to their own eggs, high up on the side of a tower? A sharp bend in the Connecticut River allows us to walk out to great views of these two nest sites. Ducks, gulls, ospreys, kingfishers, and blackbirds could all make appearances in and around the open water below the Vernon Dam, and we’ll look for returning thrushes and sparrows in the trees above the brambly understory of the riverbanks.
We'll meet at the rail-trail parking lot on Prospect St., just off Rt. 119 north of Hinsdale, at 10:00 a.m. Pack a little lunch, and we'll have a little picnic out at the bluffs near the eagle nest. This should be a great spot to scan for returning hawks and swallows as well. Bring your binoculars, notebook, and sharpest eyes and ears!
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