Buzzards Bay Coalition Recommends Bird Watching Spots Around Canal

NEW BEDFORD – The Buzzards Bay region is made up of diverse habitats, including freshwater river, salt marsh, sand dunes and exposed ocean beaches – and it has made Southeastern Massachusetts a haven for bird watchers.

The summer season highlights the variety of avian species as local standbys are joined by migratory birds that visit the area to feed and breed.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition recommends four locations either on the Cape or just over the bridges that are perfect for avid birdwatchers or novices.

The sandy shores of Little Harbor Beach in Wareham are a great place to sport shorebirds and feature terns, gulls, osprey, and cormorants, along with sandpipers and rare piping plovers.

The Lyman Reserve in Plymouth features woods, wetlands and shoreline. Visitors can catch a glimpse of herons, egrets and osprey as they dive for migratory fish. Yellow American goldfinches and other numerous songbirds are also a common sight.

Wood Neck Beach in Falmouth sits at the mouth of Little Sippewisset Marsh. The fish and insects at the marsh attract shearwaters, gulls and sandpipers, along with loons or common eiders. Some visitors have also seen hundreds of European starlings.

The Frances Crane Wildlife Management Area off Route 151 in Falmouth features a meadowland habitat. In the late afternoon or early evening dipping swallows and bats fill the fields in pursuit of insects.

For more information on other Southcoast hotspots for bird watching, visit

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