Here’s a wilderness for you: Guys with bulging muscles driving bulging muscle cars, families picnicking on the beach, old folks sitting in the shade of the bandstand. And birds — lots of birds. I love being here on a hot August night with the tide falling and flocks of Bonaparte’s Gulls, Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Semipalmated Sandpipers milling about, roosting or feeding along the shore.
The best place to see all this shorebird activity is the north end of the beach at Point of Pines. But no matter where you stop at the beach, depending on the season, you can see waterbirds and shorebirds; the waterbirds often are close to shore. In summer, Manx Shearwater has become a regular along the shore, best seen from the “pink apartments” — you can’t miss them. Piping Plover began to nest along the northern stretch of the beach a few years ago. Begin looking for sea ducks in October. And check the breakwater at the southern end of the beach. Scanning with a scope turns up Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Sanderling at high tide. At low tide, look for hauled out harbor seals. — Soheil Zendeh
Soheil Zendeh began birding at Revere Beach in August 1975 and almost immediately found a pair of Marbled Godwits. He’s been hooked on the place ever since.