Late winter sunshine strengthens, days grow warm and snowmelt accelerates in the northern half of New Hampshire. South-facing slopes open-up early. Acorn-producing red oak trees grow best on steep, well-drained south and west-facing slopes.
Figuratively speaking, Northern harriers have largely stayed out of sight, and out of mind of wildlife managers... even though their populations across New England have been on the decline for decades.
Join Forest Society land steward Jack Swatt and Dylan Jackson for a morning of birding at the Ashuelot River Headwaters Forest. Since its purchase by the Forest Society in 2010, The Ashuelot Headwaters Forest on Mountain Rd. in Lempster has become a hotspot for finding birds typically found in more northerly forests. Co-sponsored by NH Audubon. Bring binoculars and water, long pants recommended.
Parking is limited on Mountain Rd. so meet at the parking area for the Duck Pond Trail (Lempster Town Forest) on Long Pond Rd. about a half mile in on the right from Mountain Rd.
As spring tentatively unfolds around the state, (and the more diligent of us celebrate International Migratory Bird Day - 5/11) the familiar nuisance of black flies also reappears. And as annoying as we find them, as we’ve discussed earlier, they are a sign of healthy eco-system.
As we hunker down for the winter weather, we’re frequently too preoccupied with what is in our front yards that we tend not to notice what isn’t there. The snow and ice have muscled out the grass, and the chilly sounds of the north wind have blown away the dawn chorus that woke us this summer.