Fred & Linda Gralenski
Pottle Tree Farm has diverse habitats, 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. Trails on this private property are well-maintained and offer easy walking. There will be some moderately muddy spots, so appropriate footwear is recommended.
During this mile-long walk, look for Ruffed Grouse, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and woodpeckers in the apple trees; Wood Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, American Kestrel and other raptors; American Woodcock; and warblers along the stream and in the bigger forest—perhaps four dozen species in all.
Meet at 507 South Meadow Road, Perry. From US 1, just north of the intersection with Rte 190, turn west on South Meadow Rd (near the Perry Farmer’s Union). The tree farm is 2.5 miles from this turn. At the fork in the road, stay left. Look for signs for the tree farm on your right. Park anywhere, but please do not block the driveway to the house or barn. We will gather at the tree farm sign. There is an outhouse on the trail.