When OLCT acquired the
Buck Twining Preserve it was especially good fortune for me. I
live nearby and for
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
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.
Great Blue Heron, January, 2005. Photo by Hank Golet.
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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