East Sandwich, MA
When we head out on our hike at Green Briar Nature Center, we are essentially greeted by a slew of species at the trail head, thanks to our bird feeder. This morning was no exception as there were five separate species offering a nice peek at their behavior while they enjoyed a sunflower seed snack. The weather was a bit iffy as we began, but once we were surrounded by the trees and the green, the sun came out and we had a warm walk through the woods. As we cornered around the bend in the trail while entering the Beech Tree area, suddenly we could hear another set of species, though the dense Beech leaf foliage made for difficult sightings. I was able to hear a Belted Kingfisher as s/he flew over the Smiling Pool... but we couldn't see her/him in the distance.
We saw more bird activity as we approached the loop end of Discovery Hill Road, where a small group of American Robins were enjoying berries for lunch, and the Gray Catbirds flew back and forth over the road. It is always a grand finale to tip toe through the Wildflower Garden at the end of Tuesday Tweets. Janice and an enthusiastic bunch of knowledgeable gardeners care for this picturesque spot. It seems it blooms in every color for most of the year. Do not miss your own walk through when you visit the property. They also offer a book club: Wildflower Garden Book Club. What a perfect location for inspiration!
No sight of the swans this Tuesday Tweets, but we were able to fit a hike in despite the screwy weather. It is always a good idea to get outside and Green Briar Nature Center is an ideal place to do so for folks of all ages, with all sorts of programs. Join us sometime! (double click photos to enlarge)
|A massive fallen Beech Tree|
|I don't know why I love these old stone walls so much|
|Pendulous nest, Oriole? Vireo?|