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By Hank Golet

When OLCT acquired the Lohmann Buck Twining Preserve it was especially good fortune for me. I live nearby and for Trail at the Lohmann Buck Twining Preservequite a few years I have been taking early morning walks along some wooded trails close enough to the preserve for me to now include it in my walks. There is no official "marked" trail in this preserve yet but there is a deer trail that has been used by myself and others enough to make it evident. This trail goes down to the Lieutenant River at the south end of the preserve, follows the edge of the marsh north for 1200 feet or so then heads up an obvious bowl like ravine to the top of the ridge, where it turns south toward the start, passing a 50 foot side path to a fantastic overlook to the west along the way.

Being a birder and general naturalist I usually have my binoculars arounView from the overlook at the Lohmann Buck Twining Preserved my neck and a digital camera in my pocket and also keep notes on what I see while on my walks. I find that if you are out there enough, you will see good things and Roger Tory Peterson told me years ago, 'If you don't write it down, it never happened".

I thought it would be fun for me and good data for OLCT if I kept a log, spanning one year, on the birds, mammals and what ever else catches my eye on this preserve. I began recording my sightings in early November (2004) and as of this morning, Jan 25th, 2005, I have seen on, or from (waterfowl, raptors, etc) the Lohmann-Buck-Twining Preserve 29 species of birds. Winter birding can be slow at times but I have seen a few notables including Snow Goose, Great Horned Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper and Winter Wren.

Six species of mammals have been identified by their tracks in the snow only and number seven, a Gray Squirrel was seen. Fisher tracks are not uncommon in the preserve. Those and a beautiful River Otter slide in the snow into the Lieutenant River were especially interesting.

Pictures (above and below) include the trail at the beginning as it heads down to the Lieutenant River, a view from the overlook up on top of the ridge and the close up of a Great Blue Heron, a species seen in Lieutenant River.Great Blue Heron






Great Blue Heron, January, 2005. Photo by Hank Golet.

Last updated: 25 January, 2005.

Did you know that...

Old Lyme has a long tradition of bird watching.

 For example, the artist and author of one of the most used bird encyclopedias, Roger Tory Peterson, lived here.

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