Thursday, April 5, 2007

Powerlines Of Portland

Here is a highlight of a few power lines that are worth a look if you happen to be in the area.

My favorite Portland power line spot is on Old Marlboro Turnpike.It is especially good for Prairie Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, and Blue-winged Warblers. It's also good for Tanagers, Hawks, and Towhees. Best time to visit there is late April through June. Late fall is good for Kinglets and Hermit Thrush.

Directions to Old Marlboro Turnpike Power Lines:
  • Follow Main Street Portland all the way past the Portland Fairgrounds (on left)-until you come to the 4-way stop sign.
  • Go straight across and then take your first left on to Cornwall Street.
  • Take a left at the stop sign on to Old Marlboro Turnpike.
  • Look for a green gait on the right and power lines crossing the road.
  • park near the gate and follow trail beyond gate.
  • use caution during tick season.

Another nice power line location to check is on Cox Road. This also seems to be good for Blue-winged Warblers, Cedar Waxwings, hermit Thrush, Hawks, Eastern Bluebird, and Kinglets.

Directions to Cox Road Power Lines:

  • Follow Main Street Portland past the Fairgrounds to the four-way stop sign.
  • Go straight across and stay to your right until you reach the next stop sign.
  • take a right on to Rose Hill Road.
  • Take your first left on to Cox Road.
  • Follow Cox Road, veering to the left where the road splits.
  • Follow Cox Road around a bend and look for a small stream/bridge,
  • Pull off to the side and start birding from inside your car.
  • Once you have surveyed the area, get out of the car and check both sides of the road, especially near the brook..

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