Winter Bird Walk announced

The Friends of the Mystic River invites you to their annual winter bird walk on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Take a two-hour trip along the Mystic Lakes and upper Mystic River to discover what birds can be found in the middle of winter, even an exceptionally cold one. Each year hundreds of birds winter on and around the Mystic River and Lakes as long as open water is available. We'll be looking for raptors, such as a possible Bald Eagle or Red-tailed Hawk; waterfowl, including Common and Hooded Mergansers; and much more.

Black ducks on the Upper Mystic Lake.Dress appropriately for the weather. (In very cold weather, this means in layers with hat or cap, gloves, water resistant boots with tread.) Meet on Saturday, January 25 at 10 a.m. in front of West Medford Congregational Church at 400 High Street (Route 60), Medford. Canceled in persistent rain or icy conditions; will go in 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 limited walking. Led by Paul Roberts. Co-sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club.

For more info call Paul Roberts at 781-483-4263 or email phawk254 at or mystic02155 at

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