With the forest floor coated in white from the results of the messy storm we received earlier in the week, I decided to visit Woodcock Preserve for some winter birdwatching.
I ambled along the White Trail past the right fork for the Yellow Trail to the “T”-intersection of the White Trail, then proceeded clockwise and again ignored the right fork for the Yellow Trail. I did, however, veer right once again when I encountered the intersection with the Red Trail. Shortly after entering that trail, I saw my first bird.
I was very surprised this Barred Owl afforded me any photo op because the noise resulting from each of my footsteps on that glossy crust resembled what I imagine would be the sound created by walking on cornflake-filled aluminum pie tins. Only louder! (Accordingly and not surprisingly, this would be my only bird sighting for this outing!)
Upon making my way back to the main White Trail, I veered right and followed the White Trail over to the Blue Trail.
Upon seeing the seasonal restriction to this portion of the preserve, I decided now would be my best opportunity to view this trail. I encourage you to take a winter hike to the far southern portion of this preserve and enjoy its remoteness; if you do, be sure to wear rubber boots as there are several seeps along this path.
After making my way back to the White Trail, I again veered right (continuing my overall counterclockwise progression) and followed this main trail to the “T”-intersection once again and veered left (to briefly repeat a segment earlier during this hike) to the Yellow Trail, which forked to the right.
After returning once again to the White Trail, I veered left to return to the trailhead parking lot along Tanner Road.
Happy New Year and happy trails!