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Walk The Trail: Quincy Salt Marsh TrailStop 19

Bird Watch

Depending on the time of year, you may see a variety of bird life from this spot. The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), is often sighted here. A tall, gray bird with a white face and a yellow beak, the Great Blue Heron can also be recognized by the black accents on its shoulders, crown and stomach. Another heron, known as the Great Egret (Ardea alba), can also be found in this area. It can be recognized by its long yellow bill, black legs and feet, and solid white coat of feathers.

You may spot numerous ducks and geese in the salt marsh - they are attracted by the plentiful supply of algae and marsh grass. Out in the open water, gulls often rest, and cormorants perch on large rocks and pieces of driftwood.

Directly across the water from this stop is Merrymount Park, a fantastic spot to see migrating song birds in the spring.


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