Monday, May 5, 2014

Tree workshop part 1, Worlds End Hingham

Despite the uninviting cool temps five members joined our leader Lelia Weinstein at Worlds End to try and learn a little about trees.

Lelia started with a handout for us all; while we knew the difference between conifers and deciduous trees, that is just about where our botanical knowledge ended, so the list of grouped names was most helpful.

We learned that Eastern Red Cedar or correctly using the Latin name Juniperus viginiana is the most common native conifer (and by the way everything south of the Canadian border was apparently named viginiana - north it would be canadiensis). The bark of the tree is used by squirrels for nest building.

 At this time of the year it is easy to recognize the most common deciduous tree the Norway Maple or again using the proper name Acer plantanoides. The lime green stands out - even in the drizzle of late April

We were in awe of the Mossycup Oak (aka Burr Oak) Quercus macrocarpa  and amazed by how many different oaks there are just in Worlds End

 The day was not all about trees, we saw a few birds too and at the end the sun came out to highlight the beauty of what is one of the loveliest areas on the South Shore.

Hingham: World's End, Plymouth, US-MA
Apr 27, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     drizzle. cold
27 species

Canada Goose  1
American Black Duck  8
Common Eider  1
Bufflehead  18
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  7
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  2

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