Basswood Pond State Forest

By Carol at 9:55 pm on Saturday, June 9, 2007

Basswood sign

beginning of trail

Beginning of the trail.

Basswood Pond

The local Audubon chapter sponsored a bird walk through Basswood Pond State Forest, this morning, led by accomplished bird expert, Tom Salo.

Some of the birds we encountered and identified either by song or appearance were the winter wren (beautiful and complex 20 second song), the ovenbird, Tennessee warbler, magnolia warbler, least flycatcher, olive-sided flycatcher (rare in these parts, an exciting find), juncos and nuthatches, Eastern wood peewees (identified by song), and woodpeckers. We visited the habitats of mergansers, wood ducks, Virginia rails, alder and willow flycatchers, but they eluded us.

Since we are new at birds and are used to looking at the ground to see interesting plants (and to keep from tripping), we did see the barely concealed ground nests of an ovenbird and a junco, both filled with eggs. We also spotted a large broken egg, probably belonging to a wild turkey. This was our first bird-watching walk. We learned that it is important to be as silent and unobtrusive as possible, to bring binoculars (we didn’t) and to bring a bird book.

junco nest

A junco’s nest hidden in grass beside the trail.

The highlight for some of us was finding a pink ladyslipper orchid next to the trail.

pink ladyslipper orchid

Wild pink ladyslipper orchid.

pond in Basswood forest

One of the ponds in Basswood Pond State Forest

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Comment by Bob Thomas

June 16, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

I enjoyed your photos from Basswood Pond State Forest. I have been there a few times by bicycle from Morris. I have also posted some photos of the pond and thought that you would like to see them and perhaps link to them.

You can click on all the photos (sometimes twice) to enjoy larger versions.

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