Fisherville Brook - Exeter
Fisherville Brook is an Audubon Society of Rhode Island wildlife refuge that encompesses over 900 acres of pine forests, upland beech forests, fields, freshwater wetlands and a pond. This is a good place to look for migrants in the spring and to look for resident bluebirds, swallows and Orchard Orioles in the spring and summer.
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Owner/managerThe Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
Victory Highway (Rt, 102) to Widow Sweets Road, north at Exeter Town Hall, second right onto Pardon Joslin Road.
Mixed hardwood/white pine forest, permanent and seasonal wetlands, grasslands, pond.
Primarily in Exeter, 937 acres stretch from Victory Highway (Rt. 102) in Exeter to Henry Brown Road in West Greenwich, encompassing the headwaters of the Queen's River. This refuge is a link in a chain of preserved areas of land from Charlestown (Ninigret Conservation Area) to Coventry (Big River MA).
Best Seasons to Visit
Late April-early June
Birds Most Likely to Be Seen
Wood Duck, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creepers, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Black-and white Warbler, American Redstart, Worm-eating Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Baltimore and Orchard Oriole.
Birds that May be Seen in Other Seasons
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, American Woodcock. Owls are sometimes heard calling.
Outflow of Upper Pond
- Black flies and mosquitoes in pine groves from late-May on, and trails may be icy under pine trees in winter and early spring.