|World's End offers sweeping views of salt marsh, grassland and forest. Image copyright Daniel E. Levenson 2012.|
The weather forecast this weekend called for rain, but fortunately the inclement weather held off today and I managed to get down to Hingham, MA with my girlfriend Joanna to explore World's End, a public park managed by the Trustees of Reservation, and since 1996 a part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. I had heard of this place for a number of years, and done some birding in other spots in Plymouth County, but I had yet to make it to this particular place. While the skies were grey and there was occasional mist and very light rain, the birds were undeterred by the less-than-perfect weather, and we found the large expanses of grassland humming with avian life, including many Tree and Barn Swallows, as well as a Red-winged Blackbirds, including the one in the photo below.
|A male Red-winged Blackbird perched in a tree at World's End. Image copyright Daniel E. Levenson 2012.|
During our walk I noticed a number of female Red-winged Blackbirds landing in the tall grass, presumably gathering food and feeding young. I also spotted a very brightly colored male Baltimore Oriole perched on a tree limb at the edge of a field, with the salt marsh in the background, as well as a fairly faded Eastern Bluebird. There were also a number of gulls and cormorants passing overhead.
|World's End offers a diverse array of plant life for the amateur botanist to admire. Image copyright Daniel E. Levenson 2012.|
The land itself has a pretty interesting history, having once been considered as a possible site for both the United Nations and a nuclear power plant. Now the land has been preserved for future generations to explore and enjoy. The easy, rolling pathways also offer a view of the Boston skyline, seen below in the distant fog.
|The Boston skyline seen in the distance from World's End in Hingham, MA. Image copyright Daniel E. Lervenson 2012.|
I will definitely have to get back to World's End sometime soon - there is great diversity of habitat and the fields and marsh seem very promising. The population of swallows and Red-winged blackbirds seemed particularly healthy, and I suspect that the fields there also support numbers of other species which need large expanses of open grassland, including Bobolinks and Meadowlarks. I was thrilled to see my first Great Egret of the year and the salt marsh and mud flats certainly warrant closer inspection on my next visit. I look forward to returning sometime soon to World's End.
Copyright Daniel E. Levenson 2012.