Michael and Elizabeth Mayor and John Niles donated a beautiful piece of land on the west side of Moose Mountain that they jointly owned for over 30 years to the Hanover Conservancy. Though there are not yet formal trails on this site, Sunday I joined a group of 17 led by Alcott Smith and Adair Mulligan on an adventurous hike up to North Peak and the AT.
Alcott was everywhere as can see seen in the photo above.
Along the AT we looked down on Goose Pond to the east and the Hewes Brook watershed on the 92-acre Mayor-Niles Forest to the west. We saw signs of porcupine, fisher, snowshoe hare, deer, bear, squirrel, and pileated woodpecker. Alcott took us to the den of a porcupine he had seen days before only to find it had been killed by a fisher. We learned much about the trees and animals of the forest and got great exercise doing it.
Below is a short slide show with some of the other photos from the day.
The ice was still hanging around yesterday morning on Tug Hill. I got many photos before it finally melted and blew off the branches shortly before noon. Here are two slide shows: ”Birds on Ice” and “Squirrels and Light”.
The trees have been covered with ice all day long. Still, the birds manage. Here are a few photos from today.
I been spending a bit of time lately photographing a few common avian species to prepare for a small teaching article I will publish late next month as an NEPG Blog. My previous Blog was also part of this project.
Red-breasted Nuthatches haven’t been present near my home for several years, but a pair has been around regularly this season. Common Redpolls have yet to make an appearance this year; some years flocks of 100 or more hang around for many weeks consuming copious amounts of sunflower seeds. This year a pair of Tufted Titmouse has been conspicuously present, unlike some past years when they have only rarely appeared. They are one of Jann’s and my favorite birds.
Of course, Black-capped Chickadees are present in considerable numbers. Then there are the pigs of the feeders, the beautiful, smart, and wary Blue Jays.
Here are a few of the photos I took on the first two days of the new year.