Spring Bird Walk in the Weir Preserve, May 11

Naturalist Frank Gallo of Milford will lead the annual Spring Bird Walk in the Weir Preserve on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Birders will meet at the preserve’s main entrance on Nod Hill Road, just north of Granite Drive.

The walk, which is free, will be held rain or shine and will last about 90 minutes. Children are welcome.  Weir Farm National Historic Site is co-hosting the event.

This annual outing is timed to encounter late migrating birds, according to Mr. Gallo, who is director of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point, and is a well-known birder in New England. He has led bird walks and owl prowls here for two decades. The walk in 2010 featured a rare, close-up viewing of a female pileated woodpecker drilling into a dead tree in search of ants.

This year’s walk will be on trails through woodlands and open fields of the preserve and neighboring Weir Farm. It will begin at Indian Hills Swamp, across Nod Hill Road from the preserve’s main entrance, which abounds with avian life in May.

Limited parking is available at the main entrance; more parking is available in the Weir Farm National Historic Site parking lot, also on Nod Hill Road, where the walk will terminate.

Questions may be directed to Bruce Beebe, preserve Stewardship Committee program chair, at 203-834-5066.