Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge webpage
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Tips for birding Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
Sachuest Point’s claim to fame is its wintering flock of Harlequin Ducks. A walk around the perimeter from mid November through April will almost certainly be rewarded by views of these colorful birds.
From Rhode Island Bird web site
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge sits on the southeastern tip of Aquidneck Island which also includes Newport Rhode Island. The refuge has trails, a visitor center and observation points.
There are about 250-acres of seaside wetland and upland habitats where you can see more than 200 species of birds including peregrine falcon, snowy owl, harlequin ducks, scoters, and eiders. Sachuest point is a popular spot with bird-watchers for spotting stopover and wintering migratory birds.
The Ocean View Loop Trail offers access shoreline access along Sachuest Bay, and safe views of Purgatory Chasm – a popular attraction on the peninsula. The refuge is located just a few miles east of Newport.
From New England Bird House blog
About Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge is one of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island. About 200 million years ago, when the supercontinent Pangaea split, Africa left traces of itself along the shores of Sachuest Point creating the Price Neck Formation. From the mid-1600’s to the early 1900’s, Sachuest Point was used for farming and sheep grazing. During World War II, the U.S. Navy used this site for a rifle range and communications center. In 1970, a 70 acre donation from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island led to the establishment of Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Today, with the land transfers from the Navy, the Refuge totals 242 acres that provide an important stopover and wintering area for migratory birds.
From Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge webpage