Island overview. All images courtesy of the author.
Islands are intriguing. Different from the mainland, they pique our curiosity. The New England coast is dotted with islands, several of which are magnets for migrating birds and are also accessible to people, making them even more appealing to birders. Island birding covers the spectrum from large, well-known hotspots where birders can explore for days on end to small, sandy or rocky outcrops where visitors may spend only a few hours. This guide provides a brief overview to birding the islands off New England with the exception of the Boston Harbor islands, which merit a birding overview of their own. (See John Nove's "Birding the Boston Harbor Islands" in Bird Observer June 2001.)
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