As a taxpayer I can’t say I love all these local nature preserves pulling hundreds of acres of land off the tax rolls — but as a birder I love them. The latest tax dodge … ah … err … conservation site is Squam Creek Preserve on Westport Island, about 5 miles from our home (ah … err … “home office”).

At Squam Creek, one can find a salt marsh, an old growth forest, a meadow, scrub brush and an apple orchard . . . a perfect combination to attract birds of all types and persuasions.

Today I went running on the trails at Squam Creeks and saw so many birds, after finishing I grabbed my camera and birded for an hour.

The highlight was number of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in the orchard.

Yellow-rumped Warblers are everywhere.

Yesterday at Singing Meadow, I got a Northern Goshawk, a White-throated Sparrow and a bunch of Eastern Bluebirds

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