A Perfect Beech Day

Eighty-some odd degrees, plenty of sunshine and a welcome breeze greeted a couple of friends and me as we explored the Sucker Brook Outlet Reserve on Farrington Pond Road in Lovell–certainly a beach day.

Beech cigar

Though we often refer to them as being shaped like a cigar, on this summer-like spring day, that description hardly seems apropos.

beech old and new

A few of last year’s leaves still cling tentatively to beech branches,

Beech 1

but on others the buds unfurl

Beech Leaves unfurl

with grace,

beech 2

displaying pleated leaves covered with long silky hair.

trail

There’s so much to see along the trail, so I hope you’ll continue to wander with me.

Hobblebush

 Hobblebush,

anemone

Wood Anemone

sessile-leaved bellwort or wild oats

and Sessile-leaved Bellwort or Wild Oats.

Leatherleaf

Leatherleaf

Leatherleaf 2

from a different point of view.

beaked hazelnut

Beaked Hazelnut displaying leaves.

Alternate-leaved Dogwood

Alternate-leaved Dogwood

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preparing to flower.

Squawroot resembles pinecone

Squawroot, that reminded us of . . .

pine cone:squaw root

pine cones.

pitcher plant 1

Pitcher Plants, carnivores in the plant world,

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with their pitcher-shaped leaves,

pp2

covered in trigger hairs–waiting to trap insects.

hemlock polypore, Ganoderma tsugae

We saw hemlock polypores,

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and old bird nests.

And then there was the other animal sign.

 a s deer

Deer scrapes on Striped Maple bark.

as mouse

And the work of mice below the snow pack.

beaver works

There is beaver work everywhere

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and numerous lodges in the brook.

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A rut in the trail

wood frog eggs

was put to good use–wood frog eggs and emerging tadpoles.

a s yellow feathers, Northern Flicker

Something made a meal of this Northern Flicker.

porc 1

Our best finds were actual wildlife. This guy thought that if he hid his head, we wouldn’t see him.

porc 3

But we did.

wood frog

A wood frog, also trying to hide, well, sorta.

ribbon snake

And a ribbon snake that quickly slithered into a hole and out of sight–the most successful hider of all.

Sucker brook

Lest I forget, we were beside Sucker Brook,

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where we paused frequently.

mnt view 2

An osprey flew overhead, but I wasn’t quick enough to take a picture.

It was a perfect beech day. Thanks for taking the time to enjoy it with me.

And Happy Birthday to my sister, who has loved the beach since day one.

6 thoughts on “A Perfect Beech Day

  1. I was anxiously awaiting your findings of the day. They were spectacular! Pitcher plants!! I’ve never seen one. Sorry I couldn’t be there. 😦
    But happy you had a good day 🙂

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  2. You were with us in spirit. I didn’t realize you’d never seen a Pitcher Plant. Some at Holt Pond as well. Next time! Until then . . .

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  3. Thanks, Leigh! One of these days I’d love to do one of these wanders with you. You have sharp eyes! You present a wonderful lesson to us each and every time! Thanks.

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