New Sightings at Alewife Reservation
May 20, 2012
Hello friends of Alewife,
I’ve recently learned about the upper Alewife Reservation/Silver Maple Forest situation and have set to documenting the richness of the flora and fauna found there. Also enjoyed an excellent walk there led by Anne-Marie Lambert on Sunday, May 20th.
I’m sure those of you who visit the site on a regular have seen many amazing things, I feel compelled to chime in that the biological richness of this niche urban wild is incredible and invaluable.
This is video of butterflies working on the abundant phlox blooming now on the edge of the big meadow by the silver maples:
https://vimeo.com/42480958 (see video immediately below)
Some photos from the flood plain woods between Little Pond and the silver maples including observations of a buck white-tailed deer just starting to grow in its new antlers for the 2012 season:
Cooper’s Hawk observed capturing a vole in the silver maple forest Red-tailed Hawk perch hunting in the silver maple forest. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturejournal/7249946968/in/photostream
Mink tracks photographed
Woodcock still making display flights just after sunset around open areas of meadow as of May 19th (including at the “Discovery Park” area).
Killdeer present, probably nesting
Hummingbird moth observed in the big phlox patch
Butterflies currently active in the site (these are the most visible ones):
Following birds in the general area Little River/Silver Maples May 20th:
Wood Thrush (calling from the silver maples, this species is declining in New England forested habitat, great to hear it here)
Mallard (female with young)
Wood Duck (mated pair, probably nesting)
Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron (many, suspect they are nesting somewhere in the area)
Note: I’m a technical tree climber (rope and harness) who uses non-damaging techniques to climb forest trees for the purposes of research and nature recreation, some of the photos are taken from a large pin oak in the swamp forest.