Topsfield: Burn Road Excursion


Saturday, May 27

7 am – 3 pm 

Guide: Marion Bates

Fee: $10

The Burn Road is known for its excellent boreal birding. Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, plus both Red- and White-winged Crossbill are frequently seen here. We will also look for Mourning Warbler on several of the nearby roads. 

We will likely walk 3 – 4 miles, at a slow pace, on flat and dry gravel surfaces. This trip is appropriate for birders with any level of skill or experience. Black flies and mosquitoes will be swarming, so be sure to bring insect repellent and wear clothing that covers your skin (hat, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, and closed shoes. You should also bring water and a snack or pack a lunch.

Where to start: Topsfield is in northern Washington County. Allow just under two hours to get there from the Cobscook Bay area. We will meet at 7:00 am at the (closed) Topsfield Irving station, located at the junction of Routes 1 and 6. As the Topsfield Irving is no longer open, the closest location to fill up on gas, pick up drinks and snacks, and use the restrooms is the Irving station in Princeton, 16 miles south on Route 1.