Succotash Marsh

About this Location

Located approximately 31 miles south of Providence, the Succotash Marsh is an approximately 182-acre salt marsh located in the Village of East Matunuck, Rhode Island. The marsh is bordered by Potter’s Pond and residential and commercial development associated with East Matunuck to the west, Gooseberry Island residential area to the East, the village of Snug Harbor to the north, and Succotash Road/East Matunuck State Beach to the south. Succotash Road also bisects the marsh in a north-south direction. The marsh is an extensive unditched system that is subject to tidal exchange which occurs only through the Point Judith breachway which is located to the east of Succotash Marsh.

The extensive salt marsh system of Succotash Marsh provides breeding habitat for a number of salt marsh birds including the Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) Seaside Sparrow (A. maritimus), Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus), and Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris). Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes and T. melanoleuca), Semipalmated Plovers (Charadrius pemipalmatus), Least Sandpipers (Calidris minutilla) and other shorebirds frequent the marsh during spring and fall migrations. Least and Common Terns (Sternula antillarum and Sterna hirundo) feed in open water areas and tidal creeks for mummichogs, killifish, and other small piscine prey, as do Belted Kingfishers (Megaceryle alcyon). Long-legged waders are abundant during spring and summer and include such species as Great and Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula and Ardea alba), Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius), Little Blue Heron (Egretta cerulea), and Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus). Fringing scrub/shrub zones provide habitat for mimic thrushes, Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), Common Yellowthroats (Geothlypis trichas), and Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia), plus a plethora of migratory passerines during spring and autumn migration. Swallows congregate in the area and stage here before continuing southbound migration in autumn. A number of waterfowl also find suitable habitat within the marsh tidal creeks. They include American Black Duck (Anas rubripes), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Anas strepera), American Wigeon (Anas americana), Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), and Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola). Other species occur with less regularity.

Features

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from National Audubon IBA Succotash Marsh webpage

Last updated October 20, 2023