Birdwatching isn’t something you need to drive hours out into nature to do, it’s a great outdoor family activity that you can do right here in Boston. Spring is the best time of year to see the most brightly colored birds and hear some of their beautiful songs. Bring this list of common bird species in Massachusetts, pack some healthy snacks (like Peppers on the Ranch or Sandoodles), and see how many species you and your family can find! You can also download these free bird songs and try to find birds based on their sounds.
These parks are all great options for urban birding in Boston:
- Boston Nature Center
- Forest Hills Cemetery
- Arnold Arboretum (print out this page and play Wildlife Bingo!)
- Millennium Park
- Franklin Park (and the best birds to look for there – see if you can find all 7!)
If you have time to drive out for a short day trip, check out the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton. Entrance and parking are free and there are over 125 miles of trails to explore! Some birds who live in the Blue Hills reservation aren’t seen anywhere else and here are some great tips for finding them.
There are also some great guided birding tours in parks all over the city and surrounding areas. Check out the schedule here!
(Image courtesy of Bostonglobe.com, illustration by Elizabeth Graeber)