50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day: Feed the Birds at Morton Refuge

Chickadee in hand
The chickadees are hungry at Morton, Photo: PaulReevesPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock

There are less than 50 days left until Memorial Day weekend, and while we at Dan’s Papers can’t wait, we also know there are many things we have to squeeze in during the next few weeks on the East End, lest we lose our chance with all that summer brings. We know that if we don’t get out and do these now, we’ll have to wait until after Labor Day before we try again…and so will you!

We continue our countdown of things to do before Memorial Day weekend on the East End with #41: Feed the Birds at Morton Refuge

Arguably one of the most magical spots in the Hamptons, the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge (2595 Noyac Road) in Sag Harbor is a must-visit before summer. The birds here literally eat right out of your hand!

This 187-acre peninsula on Noyack and Little Peconic Bays is home to diverse habitats, including upland forest, fields, ponds, salt marsh, beach and a lagoon. Enjoy the wildlife-rich walking trails and end your hike on a beautiful beach. You’re bound to see white-tailed deer, chipmunk, painted turtles, green frogs, an array of songbirds, osprey, wild turkey, duck, piping plover, terns, herons and more (you might even spot a beaver on the right day) along the way.

With all the flora and fauna at Morton, the modest and ubiquitous chickadee may be the biggest thrill of all. With a little patience, these tiny songbirds will eat seed right out of your hand—guaranteed, every time you visit. It’s great for adults and kids, and an excellent place to bring a date.

Come back tomorrow for 50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day in the Hamptons #40.

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