The Changing of The Seasons at the Shoreline

Visited on October 20th, 2018.

Weather: Windy, Sunny, 55 degrees

This area has changed a decent amount since last time I came down. Most of the trees have continued to change colors, however, many are now beginning to to turn brown and drop their leaves. I noticed that the Ash trees that has been so full of color last time, now are very sparse on leaves with only a few hanging on. I also saw another dominant species in this area which I believe to be the Eastern Cottonwood tree. Their leaves are now a golden yellow and turning brown and they seem to make up most of the overstory in this area. However, the shrub that grows out of the sand in this area, most likely black willow, are still fully green and do not seem to be changing colors or dying off, even though fall is in full bloom around us.

Birds Eye view of the area:

This area also seems to be an important area for birds as well. Last time I saw a lot of seagulls while I was down here, however this time, there were lots of ducks sitting around in this area. There were bird tracks all over the sand which showed just how many birds dwell in this area. There were also a prominent amount of common sandpipers, which are very small birds with a long beak and white and brown coloration. They traveled in small packs along the water line, most likely looking for food. Other than these ducks and the sandpipers, there were no tracks of any bigger animals, besides possibly some dog tracks.

 

First Visit to the Shoreline Site

 

The spot I chose is down on the waterfront, just off the bike trail. I found a spot just on the shoreline that has a lot of native trees and an interesting assortment of different species of trees, woody shrubs, and small plants growing out of the sand. I noticed a decent amount of birds, including sandpipers and seagulls, and saw some tracks of other animals. There were a lot of ash trees in my area along with some very prominent bigger trees with interestingly shaped leaves that I wasn’t able to identify yet. There was also a lot of poison ivy and different ferns. Also, the trees have just started turning colors as it has just started to be fall and I would love to see this area as it changes the seasons.

I really like this area because it is an combonation of a beachy area and a forest and has a lot of interesting shrubs that we didn’t study. I had never walked on the bike path towards colchester, but it turned into a very cool area and I’m very excited to start looking deeper into the types of plants and animals in this area.

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