Date: 7/31/20 12:57 pm From: Sam Miller <zamziller...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron, Crane Swamp, Westborough
Carla and I had a juvenile Little Blue Heron at Crane Swamp this morning. Long distance views from the west end of the hidden swamp/pond. The bird was along the northeast shore of the swamp, 150 yards or so away from our vantage point at the west end of the hidden swamp.
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It’s a little difficult to access the viewing point, but here are directions if you want to try for the bird.
Park at the end of Beeman Road, off Talbot Road, in Westborough. Go behind the ornamental cedars to find the start of the Cole and Talbot trails. There is a map there, but its detail of this area is not fine.
Follow the trail in, take a right at the first fork, a right at the second fork, and continue on until the trail pretty much ends at a place where you can see a hole to walk through out to the cornfield on the left.
Turn left and look for a medium-tall flat-topped white pine across the field in the direction of the smokestack. That is your destination.
Follow the cornfield left towards the swamp, and then right at the corner, following the field along the edge of the mostly hidden swamp off to your left. A couple of hundred yards down this side of the cornfield you should find an opening on your left that leads in beneath that pine, and to the edge of the swamp, where you can get fairly good views of most of the area. Try to approach quietly (not easy) as there can be water birds at that western end of the swamp.
There are other possible access points to the swamp, but they require more bushwhacking, generating more noise, and mostly providing more limited views.