Perry: Birding at Pottle Tree Farm

Saturday, May 27

6:30 – 9 am 

Guides: Fred & Linda Gralenski

The area has diverse habitat, including hayfields, grown-up farmland, a working forest of mixed hardwood and softwood through which Boyden Stream runs, and surrounding lowlands. Apple trees and overgrown cellar holes are scattered throughout, mixed with alders, cherries, roses, and other shrubs.

We will look for Wood Duck, sandpipers, American Woodcock, and warblers along the stream; American Kestrel and other raptors; Ruffed Grouse, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and woodpeckers in the apple trees; and warblers in the bigger forest – perhaps four dozen different species in all. 

The trails are well maintained and offer easy walking. At this time of year, there will be some moderately muddy spots, so appropriate footwear is recommended. There is an outhouse on the trail.

 

Where to start: The tree farm is located at 507 South Meadow Road in Perry. From Route 1, just north of the intersection of Routes 1 and 190, turn west on the South Meadow Road (near the Perry Farmer’s Union). The farm is 2 1/2 miles from this turn. At the split in the road, stay left. Look for signs for the tree farm on your right. Park anywhere, though please do not block the driveway to the house or the barn. We will meet at the tree farm sign.