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ceed to pool 17, where a left turn
will bring you back to Conservation Lane.
Along this four-mile loop
around pools, ditches, and fields,
watch for orchard and Baltimore
orioles in the forested edges, as
well as tanagers and vireos. You’ll
find plenty of indigo buntings,
blue grosbeaks, and eastern
meadowlarks. Often, you can find
snipe in wet fields, as well as green-winged and blue-winged teal.
Overhead, watch for red-tailed
and red-shouldered hawks and an
occasional northern harrier.
At the intersection of 870 and
691, a right turn will take you into
the more undisturbed parts of
the preserve. Along the roadsides
of pools 28–32 and 34, you’ll
hear (and perhaps see) sora in the
marshy brush, and all the while,
you’ll find songbirds in the thickets at the water’s edge. In the old
fields along 679, during migration
you’ll find large flocks of dickcissels and bobolinks, hear their
staccato calls, and watch their
fluttering aerial displays for the
Wending your way through
Otter Slough on spring days is
certainly an exhilarating experience, especially when you find new
species that have just arrived from
their southern wintering grounds
sporting bright plumage and singing stridently.
When you’ve had your fill
of Otter Slough, head to Morris State Park near the town of
Malden to explore a portion of
Crowley’s Ridge. This 150-mile-
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