Over vacation, I visited Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This center has been around for over 40 years, and the new phenology spot I chose around it was in a relatively fragmented but well forested bit of land.
Despite having a small stream, this area is not a wetland like my spot at the Intervale. It’s a woodland with a large amount of diversity in the trees compared to my usual phenology location and its silver maples.
Here are a few of the mature tree species in this area:
The forest in this area held many bird’s songs, one of which was the recognizable chickadee that my other phenology location usually houses. However, the American crows I saw in this location are not typical of my usual spot, and neither are the chipping sparrows I heard very clearly.
Here are some tracks made by what I believe is a crow:
Here is a photo of some interesting burrows inside this dead American beech tree which may be home to some species of bird.