Steering Committee


Trip Schedule

Subscribers to ArlingtonBirds should look for updates on the listserv. Non-subscribers can find information in the archives. Beginners are welcome on all trips; please participate!

Saturday, February 2
Mystic Winter Birding
Take a 90-minute walk along the Mystic Lakes and the upper Mystic River to discover what birds can be found in the middle of winter. Each year hundreds of birds winter on and around the Mystic River and Lakes as long as open water is available. We'll look for raptors, such as Bald Eagle, Merlin, Cooper’s Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk; waterfowl, including Common and Hooded Mergansers; possibly a wintering Great Blue Heron, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and much more. Dress appropriately for the weather. (In very cold weather, this means in layers with hat or cap, gloves, water resistant boots with tread.) Meet at the Mystic Lakes Dam. Park at the Medford Boat Club parking lot in Medford directly off the Mystic Valley Parkway. (The parking lot is your first left about a half mile north of the Rte 60 bridge crossing the Mystic.)  Canceled in persistent rain or icy conditions; will go in light snow as long as parking is open at the Mystic Lakes. Bring a birding field guide and binoculars if possible; there will be car pooling and very limited walking from the cars. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic River. 10:00AM-11:30PM Paul Roberts

Saturday, February 23
Leverett Pond, Boston
Leverett Pond is often home to Wood Ducks, Coot, Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks and other common pond inhabitants. We will walk around Leverett Pond (~1 mile) and if the trails are clear of snow, we will walk south through the woods to Wards Pond, which is just north of Jamaica Pond. Approximately 3 miles to Wards Pond and back. Meet at the Leverett Pond parking lot on Pond Ave across from the Brook House at Route 9. Use Brookline Village T stop. Birds are close and not shy in this urban environment. 1:00-3:30 PM Fran Perler

Tuesday, March 26
Woodcock Walk - Alewife T Station
We will search the Northwest corner of Cambridge in hopes of seeing, or at least hearing, the American Woodcock's mating display, a traditional New England rite of spring. Meet just outside the Russell Field Alewife exit (not the larger, busier Alewife exits near the buses). Participants may want to bring a flashlight. 7:00-8:30 PM Zack Weber