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10 bird hikes in New England

Top down, from left: rose-breasted grosbeak, snowy egret, scarlet tanager, bobolink, magnolia warbler, least tern, downy woodpecker, and spruce grouse.
Top down, from left: rose-breasted grosbeak, snowy egret, scarlet tanager, bobolink, magnolia warbler, least tern, downy woodpecker, and spruce grouse.photos by jeffrey romano for the boston globe

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Spring is here. The days are growing longer, the temperatures warmer, and the landscape greener. There is no better way to enjoy the season than to head outdoors in search of the incredible variety of birdlife that abounds. From Long Island Sound to Downeast Maine, bird-watchers flock to New England each spring to spot colorful warblers singing from treetops, majestic raptors soaring beneath the clouds, and elegant wading birds surveying the shoreline. Bird-watching enthusiasts are blessed with many excellent destinations throughout the region. The following 10 are great places to start your journey.

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