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An Awfully Damp Dry Season

When I returned on November 5, I noticed that the water level was significantly higher than it had been on previous visits. Though I’ve heard that autumn is Vermont’s dry season, it’s rained pretty frequently over the past few weeks. I also noticed that with the new water level came a change in its flow pattern. Where water used to flow freely on either side of my central rock, now there was a pool of mostly stationary water. Additionally, almost all of the deciduous trees had lost their leaves, which had fallen to the ground and painted it yellow.

Event Map

Event Map of my visit to my phenology spot on November 5, 2018.

Bird’s Eye View

When I returned I noticed that the leaves had started to change. The colors were still predominantly green, but some leaves were starting to get a yellow tint. I once again saw the chipmunk (I like to think it’s the same one), and heard a few different bird calls, though I couldn’t identify them. I also heard squirrels chattering, though I couldn’t see them either.

Lots of moss grows on the banks of the brook. The NW side (right) has somewhat dense small woody and herbaceous plant cover, with ferns growing about 2 m from the bank. The trees are mostly small and in the understory (such as Red Maple and one tree pictured at the bottom that I could not yet identify), with a few reaching the overstory (Boxelder and Ash). The SE side (left) has less dense woody and herbaceous plant cover near the banks, with more ferns farther up the slope towards the Eastern White Pine stand. This side also has less understory growth, with Basswood, Eastern White Pine, and Paper Birch making up the overstory.

     

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