August 2019

Vol. 47, No. 4

Birding the Squantum Section of Quincy, Massachusetts

Vin Zollo

Squantum is the northernmost section of the city of Quincy, Massachusetts. It is a peninsula bordered on the north by Boston Harbor, on the east by Moon Island, on the south by Quincy Bay, and on the west by the Neponset River and the Dorchester section of Boston. Mostly urbanized, Squantum is a mix of traditional neighborhood streets and a more recent and ever-expanding large development in Marina Bay consisting of condominiums, town houses, and the largest marina in the Northeast. Despite the hustle and bustle, this area provides year-round birding opportunities. The natural, more "wild" attractions of Squantum include salt marshes, ocean bays, exposed mudflats, sand spits, an estuarine river, and patches of wooded city parks for landbird migrants. There's much human activity, and birders may field a lot of questions about what they're looking at. This is a great opportunity to share information about bird sightings, spread knowledge about local nature, and in turn, learn more about the area from people who live here.

Fig. 1. Overview map of Squantum.

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