Durham, New Hampshire 03824
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Tips for birding Oyster River Landing
Parking for Oyster River Landing is in a dirt lot off Old Landing Road. It is a public park that abuts the Oyster River, with tidal marsh, mudflats, and patches of upland habitat that provide a diversity of resources for birds. The small marsh area in the parking lot is productive despite its size, with several warbler and sparrow species frequenting it; it is worth walking the perimeter and watching with patience, especially the thicket side bordering the road. Gulls, cormorants, and swallows amass near the parking lot, and during low tide mudflats are exposed which attract the resident Green Herons, often visible at close range, as well as a variety of shorebirds in late summer and fall. You can continue on foot on Old Landing Road for a short distance, leading to a bridge that crosses the river. The path then curves around to intersect NH-108, where it becomes Mill Pond, a separate location. Raptors including Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Turkey Vultures commonly soar above the river, and several species of woodpecker, particularly Northern Flicker and Pileated Woodpecker, can be found in the trees lining Old Landing Road and in snags bordering the river. A diversity of waterfowl utilize the river in spring, however, these are best seen from Jackson’s Landing just down the road, which has a boat ramp that offers better views of the portion of the river where they tend to congregate.
From Molly Jacobson
About Oyster River Landing
Oyster River Landing, 3 acres, is a Town of Durham park with access to tidal river and marsh. Boating is limited to canoes, kayaks, and rowboats; there is no boat ramp; a dock provides access to boats moored in Oyster River.
Tables and benches are provided for picnicking
Information posted describes the area when the landing was a center of activity in the 1800s.