First Landing State Park

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First Landing State Park hosts a pod of Dolphins as year round residences, the highest concentration of Osprey in the area and a pair of resident Bald Eagles. Seeing Dolphins or Eagles is only occasional but there are 8 to 12 Osprey nests along the 3-mile route we take, some are easily visible. You will not get a closer look at a wild raptor without binoculars. We launch from a beautiful beach shaded by Maritime Forest deep in the Park. We paddle above the sand flats of Broad Bay which are the Southeast border of the Park.

 

We often see Egrets, Heron’s, Red Winged Black Birds and occasionally one of the nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Dolphins can sometimes be seen. The shoreline is alternating salt marsh and small sand beaches where at one point the remains of a once primary dune still reach 40 feet tall. If the tides are right we can paddle into White Hill Lake where we can see 4 to 6 Osprey nests around the Lake. For our half-day trips we stop along one of the many beaches for drinks and a snack, before returning to our original launch site.

Spring: Some Dolphins are year round residences and Gulls are always there. Ospreys arrive and begin rebuilding last year’s nest. More Egrets and Herons come into the area. A Belted Kingfisher or two may be around. Red-winged Black Birds will begin arriving. Migratory song birds pass through on their way to nest up North.

 

Summer: We are more likely to see Dolphins now because the summer migration is in. The young Osprey will be large enough to see the top of their heads in the nest and flying later in the summer. The Snowy and Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons as well as Common and Royal Terns are more frequent now.

 

Fall: The Dolphins are still prolific through September, Herons, Egrets and Terns will remain through October. Blue-winged and Green-winged Teals can be seen on the open water, American Bittern in the salt marshes and Plovers and Sandpipers along the beaches.

"Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on the kayaking adventure.  The guides, Laurie 1 and Laurie 2, were wonderful, attentive, and fun to be with!!    Gail, Lorraine and I, had a great time.... the lagoon was awesome.....Gail and Laurie got to see an Eagle and we got to see Osprey and Egrets and a Baltimore Oriole...it was a great experience!!!"
        --PAT D.C.

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