Durham, New Hampshire 03824
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Tips for birding Moore Fields
Location: The fields are easily missed, agricultural land on the northwest side of NH-155-A (Mast Road), on the left as you head towards the University of New Hampshire (UNH). There is plenty of room to pull off, NH-155-A (Mast Road), on the left as you head towards the University of New Hampshire. There is plenty of room to pull off, and there is also a farm stand on the opposite side of the road that can be a good viewing spot if it is not open.
Directions: From US-4, take the exit for NH-155A, near the campus dairy barns. Head east on NH-155A towards the center of Durham and UNH. Take the first right-hand turn onto Mast Road. You will pass the facilities for Channel 11 (NHPTV) on the left. About .25 mile after that, you will see the fields.
Alternately, from the south go up NH-108 to Newmarket. Just before Newmarket center, there is a V in the road. Go left on the V, to the next street, follow it for a block and turn right on Packers Falls Road. Take Packers Falls Road until it ends at Mast Road. Take a right at Mast Road. The fields will be on your left.
Description: Seemingly undistinguished agricultural land, but often worth a quick stop, especially in spring and fall migrations. If the fields are flooded, waterfowl and snipe may be hiding in the wet potholes. Snow Geese and most of the dabbling ducks have been seen there. Occasional sightings of Upland Sandpipers. Larks and pipits are possibilities. Kestrel and Killdeer probably breed there or nearby.