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Waltham Land Trust to host duck-seeing walking tour along Charles River in Waltham

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 10, 2013 03:25 PM

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Erica Zissman

This female hooded merganser duck was spotted frolicking in the Charles River in Waltham on last year’s duck walk.

The Waltham Land Trust, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving open space in Waltham, is inviting local residents to participate in this year's annual duck sight-seeing walk along the Charles River in Waltham on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.

The organization will also host a preliminary event on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to help bird-watchers identify the different ducks expected to be encountered on the tour. The event will consist of a talk and slide show at the Waltham Library, starting at 7:30 p.m.

From November to March, a variety of northern-dwelling ducks come south from Canada to winter on nearby waterways, according to the organization. Waltham is now home to a variety of ducks, from the diminutive Ruddy Duck, to the elaborate Hooded Merganser (the parrot of the ponds), according to the Land Trust.

Walk leaders will try to spot common and hooded mergansers, ringnecks, mallards, goldeneyes and wood ducks.

Last year, walk participants saw nearly every variety of winter waterfowl, including a bald eagle, the organization said.

Local birders who frequent the Charles River will lead the walk, but all are strongly encouraged to attend the preliminary Jan. 16 event at the library to help with identification.

Interested walkers will meet behind Shaw’s Supermarket at 130 River St. in Waltham, next to the Mary Early foot bridge that extends over the Charles River. Walkers are encouraged to bring binoculars and dress warmly, and must be able to stay quiet and observant.

This walk is free and open to the public. It is part of an ongoing series of events designed to highlight Waltham’s many open spaces.

For more information on the Waltham Land Trust and this event, visit www.walthamlandtrust.org.

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