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Bill Gette, sanctuary director at Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, recently brought a group of birdwatchers to the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury in hopes of finding ground-feeding birds.
Says Gette: “As we walked into the fields, we saw a small flock of horned larks fly over and land in a field of short grass. Being horned larks, they practically disappeared. With telescopes, however, we were able to locate them. Everyone had a view of the birds feeding in the grass and hiding. We watched the larks fly away and land in another field about a hundred yards away. As we walked along searching for the birds, they exploded out of the grass about fifteen feet away from the group. Talk about protective coloration.”
The Joppa Flats sanctuary often uses the neighboring Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for birding excursions. The farm is an excellent place to observe all sorts of wildlife.