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RV Bird Watching Winsted CT

RV bird watchers across North America are noticing mallards. Here's where to start RV bird watching on your next RV trip. Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards.

White Pines Campsites
(860) 379-0124
Barkhamsted, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 13-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Granville State Forest
(413) 357-6611
Granville, MA
Campground Availability
25-May thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
River Swimming, River Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Hemlock Hill Camp Resort*
(860) 567-2267
118 Hemlock Hill Rd
LItchfield, CT
Campground Availability
End of Apr-Mid - Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Pond Fishing, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Camp Overflow Campground & Marina
(413) 269-4036
Otis, MA
Campground Availability
15-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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White Pines Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 379-0124
232 Old North Road
Barkhamsted, CT
Campground Availability
209 Total Camp/RV Sites, 209 Electric and Water, 200 Full Hookups, 39 Max RV Length, 20 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool,

American Legion State Forest (Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground)
(860) 379-0922
Pleasant Valley, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 12-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Prospect Mountain Campground & RV Park
(413) 357-6494
Granville, MA
Campground Availability
Late Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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White Memorial Family Campground (Point Folly)
(860) 567-0089
Litchfield, CT
Campground Availability
Early May thru Columbus Day
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Tolland State Forest
(413) 269-6002
Otis, MA
Campground Availability
12-May thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Valley In The Pines
(800) 421-7116, (860) 491-2032
Box 5
Goshen, CT
Campground Availability
34 Total Camp/RV Sites, 34 Electric and Water,
Services
Cable TV, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool,

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RV Birdwatching for Your Next RV Trip

Mallards - The Uncommonly Common Duck


Wildlife Feature: Mallards
The uncommonly common duck From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

According to Crow Indian legend, before there was land or trees or mammals, the world consisted of an enormous sea. On this sea paddled ducks, the only animals in the world. One day, Old Man came to the ducks, informing them that there was earth on the bottom of the ocean. Four ducks dove to the depths at his command. When they popped to the surface, one of them presented him a bit of mud wedged between its webbed toes. From this bit of soil, Old Man created the continents that were subsequently occupied by other birds and mammals and the Crows themselves. Many early peoples caught ducks for use as a food source, but just as many prized the duck, especially the mallard, for its beautiful plumage.

Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards. Oblivious to the world, a green-headed drake bobs his head up and down before a likely female. If the head-bob fails to impress his audience, the suitor may dip his bright, yellow-green bill into the water then raise it above his head to send sparkling droplets of water splashing back to the surface. He may also rear backward in the water, displaying the burnished chestnut hues of his breast to his potential mate.

MOST COLORFUL

With the exception of the wood duck drake, male mallards are considered by many to be the most colorful ducks of North America. In contrast to the brilliantly arrayed but relatively uncommon wood duck, though, mallards seem to be everywhere. Due to their uncanny ability to adapt to human civilization and benefit from agricultural activities, mallards are not only the most common duck in the United States, but the most widespread duck in the entire world.

Although most species of ducks are superficially similar in shape and general appearance, different species are often categorized by the manner in which they forage. Diving ducks use their powerful feet to propel themselves to the depths of lakes, ponds and streams where they glean insects and vegetation from the bottom. Mallards, on the other hand, are among the several species known as dabblers. Dabbling ducks don't normally dive, but are often seen tipped bottom-side up, with their heads submerged. Under the surface, their bills probe for vegetation or click shut on swimming bugs. Dabbling ducks will also paddle along in groups, snatching hatching insects from on top of the water.

To facilitate their feeding, the bills of mallards possess some specialized characteristics. Both the yellow-gre...

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