Walking Guide

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Fun Fact

Local Girl Scouts camped at a cabin built by Mrs. Brooks in 1926.

Birding at the Brooks Estate

Great-horned Owl

Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Photo by George McLean.

Nesting, Migratory and Visiting Birds

The Brooks Estate is known locally and regionally as an interesting and fruitful place to look for birds. The property attracts both the novice and expert birder throughout the year.

Brooks Pond, mixed forest and open areas provide some variety of habitats for nesting, migratory and visiting birds. Among the most common sights: red-tailed hawks circling above the higher parts of the property or over the Pond, seeking a quick lunch; spring warblers (25+ species have been seen here) in the many thickets across the Estate; woodpeckers in the dead trees (snags); waterfowl on Brooks Pond, including herons, geese, and ducks.

Hooded merganser on Brooks Pond

Hooded merganser on Brooks Pond (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Photo by George McLean

To Learn More / Do More

See our Events page for dates and times of occasional guided Bird Walks.

The Menotomy Bird Club in neighboring Arlington, MA often has updates on Brooks Estate bird sightings and other useful information. www.mrines.com/menotomy/.

The Brookline Bird Club has an e-mail alert network and much more: www.brooklinebirdclub.org

Bird Observor is a good site for Massachusetts and all of New England: www.birdobserver.org

For a Map of the Winchester Town Forest, go to: www.winchestermass.org/oldwoodguid.html.