Rock Circle, Massachusetts
Over Thanksgiving Break, I was able to visit Rock Circle in Sharon, Massachusetts. Set just a stones throw from the nearby suburbs, the small circle of rocks sits in the midst of a Northern Red Oak grove. The crevices and holes in the rocks support a variety of woodland animals, from chipmunks to small birds, to salamanders. Due to the habitat fragmentation of the nearby houses and roads, there are few predators in this strip of forest, allowing the small mammals and birds to thrive. Some of the spotted birds include black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, blue jays, and cardinals. To compare with Redstone Quarry, there is less of a diversity in trees and habitat, but there is more land area than the Quarry due to less development at the Circle.