of North Meadow Lane, and the last stretch of Great Meadow Road before it approaches and then parallels the Connecticut River (0.3 mile). This part of Great Meadow Road from the junction of North Meadow Lane to the river where it turns left entering Wethersfield and becoming Elm Street Extension is quite narrow. To search this area, you should park near the intersection of North Meadow Lane or at the corner near the river.
Due to the open landscape of the meadows an outing can usually yield several species of raptors. Beside Bald Eagle, Red-tailed, Red Shouldered, and Cooper’s Hawks nest in the area, while Northern Harriers are frequently spotted during fall and spring. Peregrine Falcon and Short- eared Owl have occurred in the winter.
Several areas along North Meadow Lane are worth checking unless the motocross area is lively. When active--especially on weekends--the motocross can be very loud and dusty. Park near the bar-gate on the left at the junction of C Lane (0.2 mile) and view the sod and other fields on both sides of the road. The next best pullover is where the B Lane meets North Meadow Lane (0.3 mile) followed closely by another parking area toward the last field on the left before the brook (0.2). In the fall, the fields and edges on both sides of the road between the last two parking spots can be productive for a variety of sparrows including Field, Savannah, Song, Chipping, Swamp, White-Crowned and occasionally Vesper. Sparrows and shorebirds, nevertheless, can occur almost anywhere along Great Meadow Road and North Meadow Lane.
Unless time is limited we suggest retracing your route through the meadows to double check for shorebirds which regularly move throughout the field complex---a second pass could be worthwhile. However, you can exit the meadows by continuing along North Meadow Lane which crosses and then parallels Goff Brook before making a sharp left turn becoming Goff Brook Lane at the Rocky Hill Water Pollution Control Facility and eventually ending at Old Main Street (1.0 mile). Turn left and follow Old Main Street to Marshall Road on the right. Marshall Road ends at the Silas Deane Highway (SR-99), turn right to access I-91 at Exit 24.