Sunday Bird Walks Planned

Local birder Dave Williams will be conducting Sunday morning bird walks at different locations in Reading beginning Sunday morning April 29th. All the walks are free and open to anyone – young and old, regardless of bird watching experience.

The walks will be held from 6:30 – 8:30am on each Sunday they are offered. This early morning time will allow walkers to see and hear a large number and variety of birds, enjoy some wild areas of Reading undisturbed, and still have the rest of the day to enjoy. Some of the birds Williams hopes to see include Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Virginia Rails, members of the Warbler family, Wood Thrush, and many more.

This year, Williams is also conducting a Town of Reading “Big Year”. The plan is to determine and chart how many birds can be seen around Reading in 2018. This is a collaborative event and participation in the walks will help build the year’s total.

Besides looking for birds, participants will have the opportunity to see many different wildflowers, flowering trees, and shrubs, and to discuss the natural history of Reading. A list of the walks is listed below. Contact Dave Williams at 781-944-8118 or at: for more information

  • Sunday, April 29, Town Forest. 6:30 – 8:30am. Meet at the end of Strout Avenue. Park on Grove St.
  • Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day walk at Bare Meadow. 6:30 – 8:30am. Meet at the Mattera Cabin located at 1481 N. Main Street.
  • Sunday, May 20, Town Forest. 6:30 – 8:30am.
  • Sunday, May 27, Town Forest. 6:30 – 8:30am.
  • Saturday, June 9, Ipswich River Watershed Association Birding Festival walk 7:00-9:30am at the Reading Town Forest. Meet at the end of Strout Avenue. Park on Grove Street. Please note the date and time!
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