Here is the embedded Google Map of my spring break phenology site, right next to my house.
I had a nice walk through the woods on Friday around noon until 1 o’clock. While I was here, I was knee deep in snow. I don’t have any snowshoes that fit me at home, so I was stuck with walking in my winter boots. We actually recently moved to this location, so it was fun exploring here. There are trails back there that somebody had made, but it was clear that they weren’t used often in the winter from the lack of tracks.
I could hear birds, but I could not find any. I am not good at identifying birds based off of their calls, so I couldn’t be sure what the birds were. I did, however, find a nest in a tree. The picture below shows the nest in the tree.
While I was there, I was also noticing that there would be patches very densely populated by a couple of trees. For example, there were areas where paper birch and American beech trees would absolutely dominate. There would be very few trees of other sorts around. In other areas, hemlocks and pines would dominate, and it was a lot darker in these areas, since the canopy of the evergreens was mostly filled in. I’m assuming some of these areas were logged in the past.
This is the picture where paper birches would dominate.
This was the area that pines and hemlocks dominated. It is much darker here.
Overall, the canopy and the understory seemed very healthy throughout the area I went through. There are a TON of American beech seedlings getting ready to grow.
Here is a picture of an area plastered with American beech seedlings.
While I was here, there were some mammal tracks, but I was unable to identify any. The wind was so harsh that day – it was blowing around 20-25 miles per hour according to the Weather Channel. It also doesn’t help that my elevation was nearly 1,400 feet.