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Peat Meadow

Birding in Massachusetts

Peat Meadow
Important Bird Area

Methuen, Massachusetts 01844
Peat Meadow Important Bird Area webpage
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Coordinates: 42.721, -71.217
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About Peat Meadow
The Peat Meadow property has wetlands with some scrub trees, cattails (65 percent) Common Reed (30 percent), and Purple Loosestrife. A power line right-of-way with two sets of gas pipelines abuts the power line and the town of Methuen water pipe runs north to south through the property.

The Common Grackle roost has been observed at sunset, mostly in the fall, since 1989. Spring observations have occurred since 1992. Groups from the Merrimack Valley Bird Club, Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum, and individuals from the Brookline Bird Club have visited the site, both in the evening and at sunrise. In the fall, starting in mid-August, regular evening trips are made until mid-October, and then trips take place daily at sunrise and sunset until well into November and in some years into mid-December. Three different observation sites are used: looking from east to west, viewing from north to south, and observing from west to east. Because each site is on private property, each fall the owner or manager is contacted.
From Peat Meadow Important Bird Area webpage