I’m not embarrassed to admit I am somewhat addicted to eagles so I actively seek them out. It’s hard not to love those majestic birds and often I am asked where and how do I find them. I am sharing the secret with you here today. A great place to go for watching birds is Mystic Lake State Park in Medford. From Gloucester it’s about a 50 minute ride. Yes, I realize that’s off-island but if you want to see eagles, most of the time you have to go to them…..they aren’t coming to you…….
It’s a lovely area at the lower part of the lake near the dam and there’s plenty of free parking. Although it seems to be popular for fishing, boating and other water activities it’s been very manageable in terms of crowds so I highly recommend a trip if you want to bird watch, especially for eagles. The eagles have nested lakeside so you are almost guaranteed a sighting. We have also seen swans, blue herons, ospreys, black crowned herons. Here’s a sample of what we have seen recently: