Friday, January 25, 2013

shameless plug for At-Hand Guides

In case any non-birding spouses of participants in tomorrow's Superbowl of Birding X are looking for something to do or see in Essex County, MA or Rockingham County, NH check out New England At-Hand from At-Hand Guides for interesting attractions in the area. You might just find something you never knew was there.

Kelsey Arboretum, Boxford

Monday, January 21, 2013

Osgood Hill

Signs, signs, signs, all kinds of signs. A hike up Osgood Hill is full of signs. Arboretum-like signs labeled many of the common tree species and some of the shrubs.
The first sign I encounter is upside down.
Ironwood Tree
This tree grew another trunk since that sign was affixed.
There were signs that a pileated woodpecker inhabits these woods.

Major Pileated Woodpecker Action Recently
Very recently judging by these fresh wood chips.
There were ample signs that early New England settlers farmed here and encountered our amazingly rocky soil.

Stone wall near the lake
A pile of stones where a stone wall used to be
All signs led to the view from the top of the hill.