Monday, October 10, 2011

Allens Neck Portion of Allens Pond Audubon Sanctuary

This blog is a continuation of October 7th, after leaving Gooseberry, we met at the field station of Allens Pond Audubon Sanctuary for a bird walk at Allens Neck.  This is a regular scheduled walk that the sanctuary provides and is led by Paul Champlin.
The Allens Neck Trail system, located off Allens Neck Rd. in Dartmouth, MA offers 1.5 miles of trails along the Woodland and Boulder Loops.  There is a great variety of habitat in this section of the sanctuary, ranging from woods and swamp to pastures and old grasslands.  Portion of the area is shared with a working farm.  You even can get to the backside of Allens Pond and the marshes that surround it .
On the trip today,Birding Group we walked down the road, pass the farm where there were a number of Eastern bluebirds present.  There were the usual species of sparrows present, and only a few warblers.  I was happy that I was able to finally obtain a photograph of a White-rumped Sandpiper. White-rumped Sandpiper-D7K_5394 October 07, 2011 NIKON D7000 Still and all, it was a pleasant day with the sun shining and a good time was had by all.
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Downy Woodpecker
Downey Woodpecker
Eastern Towhee - female
Female Eastern Towhee
Red-tailed Hawk - Soar
Red-tailed Hawk
Snowy Egret
Great Egret
Canada Geese in Flight
Canada Geese
Double-creasted Comerant
Double-crested Comerant
Gray Catbird
Gray catbird

Savannah Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Directions to the Allens Neck Trail are: from the sanctuary field station continue north on Horseneck Road for approximately 1.7 miles. Take the first right (also Horseneck Road but now entering Dartmouth). Proceed for 1 mile and take a right onto Allens Neck Road (can be difficult to see). At the sharp bend, continue straight, through the single white gate, and park immediately on your right. Massachusetts Audubon Society logo signs are posted.
Trail Map