April 2019

Vol. 47, No. 2

Birding Nahanton Park, Newton, Massachusetts

Haynes Miller

Nahanton Park is a 55-acre mixed-use park owned by the city of Newton.

Located on the southern edge of the city, it is bounded by the Charles River, the Charles River Country Club, and the Jewish Community Center (JCC). Nahanton Street separates the park from the extensive Cutler Park Reservation wetlands that spread south to Millennium Park in West Roxbury. Nahanton Park is home to the Newton community garden plots, a nature center and kayak rental, and a soccer field. It includes a variety of habitats, from open grassland to riparian woodlands. This combination of location and diverse habitat makes Nahanton Park the most productive birding location in the city of Newton, with more than 180 species recorded to date, including 32 species of wood warblers and 17 sparrow species.

The park has hosted around forty breeding bird species, but for birdwatchers the park is most interesting during spring and fall migrations. The woodland margins attract a wide variety of spring warblers, and the garden plots attract migrant sparrows in the fall that are easy to observe.


Nahanton Park, Newton, Massachusetts.

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