Birding in the Massachusetts Berkshires

Chirping, hooting, tweeting, twittering—you’re in for a revelry of sweet sounds when you take to the woods for birding. Here in the Berkshires, springtime is ideal for spotting a wide variety of birds, some peeking out after a cold winter, others migrating through on their way to summer residence. Stay with us at Staveleigh House and you’ll be nearby several choice places.A chubby black-capped chickadee.

Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is a historic property on the outskirts of Sheffield, Massachusetts. It encompasses 260 acres that are filled with more than 500 plant species and two miles of trails that go across a hayfield, pass a swamp and through a woodlands area. It is a-maintained habitat that attracts a wide variety of birds.

The sanctuary is open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk. It is also hosting a special morning bird walk on Saturday, May 4, where visitors can enjoy a brief hike as they seek out warblers, orioles, thrushes and other songbirds.

Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Silver Street, Sheffield, MA
Open daily, dawn to dusk
Spring Bird Walk: May 4, 2019, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

A short drive over to Lenox, Massachusetts, yields two more superb birding spots. At Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, visitors can strike off on their own to explore the forests, meadows, and wetlands on a series of trails. Or for a more formal outing, you can join one of the many guided birding treks that the reserve sponsors throughout the year. The upcoming April 6 event, Birding by Ear: Songs & Calls of Berkshire Birds, will explore how to identify bird songs and how they relate to specific ecosystems.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA
Visitors Center: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Trails open daily, dusk to day
Birding by Ear: Songs & Calls of Berkshire Birds
Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$15/non-members, $10/members

Also in Lenox is The Mount, the former home of author Edith Wharton that is open for tours. The home has magnificent grounds and on Tuesdays throughout most of the year, the property has two choices of guided birding tours, one moderate and one intermediate. Tours are offered in partnership with the Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries, and are designed to help guests learn birding by sight and song as they search for species such as bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos and wood warblers.

The Mount
2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA
Open daily May – October; Saturday and Sunday, November – February
Birding Tours: Tuesdays, May 14 – September 24, 2019 (no tours August 6, 13 and 20)
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

One more great place to hear sweet tweets? Sitting on the porch or in the beautiful backyard of Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast. And there’s nothing nicer than waking up to the sounds of songbirds outside the window of your bedroom! Call us today to line up a reservation or, if you prefer, book your stay online.