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A blog about interesting events in the forest.

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Weather Summary

The August of 2018 arrived in the Northeast in a blur, and it was sure a painful one. This month was dominated by the Bermuda High, propelling high dewpoint temperatures into the entirety of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. @StretchCT was the first to open a thread on the pattern (it remains on the blighted AccuWeather Forums at the time of this writing, but will soon be deleted). A heat wave ensued, cooking the region in high temperatures, but it was only the beginning of a disrupti

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Frozen Ground

Frozen Ground

This entry should be dated December 19th, 2018, just didn't write anything up because of laziness. Long time no see, blog! So I was walking along a trail, when I thought I heard an abnormal sound and turned around. Strangely, there appeared to be ice in my tracks?! Had I finally discovered the power to create frozen stuff at will? Sadly, 'twas not the case - instead, the waterlogged ground had frozen and formed what I called "ice spires," but now realize is needle ice. That's linked to the

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Harbingers of Winter | Part 1

Harbingers of Winter | Part 1

Hey all! Been a while since I added an entry. Hopefully I should be able to get back to regular posting before autumn starts to really ramp up.   So I was looking outside my window and did a double take - yellow leaves?! This is on a birch tree (Betula lenta / Black Birch).   Quite surprising! I did cherry-pick the most yellow branch, but this is not an isolated occurrence. Numerous birch trees are starting to "turn". Some may bring up the point of stress causing this r

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Dying Oak Tree | Update

Dying Oak Tree | Update

Old Post:   Update: Here's an update on the dying oak tree. It's not a good one. The tree appears to be under severe stress and now the other trunk is in a sad state of affairs. While walking around I noticed a singular mushroom ~5 feet from the trunk.   The amount of sunlight coming down has allowed a couple of grasses to start growing. I suspect the ultimate demise should come shortly.

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Squirrel Nesting

Squirrel Nesting

BLOG UPDATE: I changed the name of this blog to "The Forest" as it more completely categorizes my posts.   So first, let's start off with a little terminology. Squirrel nests are called Dreys. In case you don't want to read the whole Wikipedia article, I've summarized (albeit using copy and paste) it below. So here is the drey I found being constructed, nestled in a birch tree (Betula lenta / Black Birch).  The focus is slightly off because I was busy warding off pe

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Cherry Plum Growth

The ornamental tree outside my window took quite a beating during the 2018 March 20-22 Nor'easter. It suffered terminal failure of the crown due to snow loading / weight.   However, all was not lost. Luckily this occurred before the sap started flowing (as these trees lose lots of sap when cut). New growth appeared in the spring.   Fast forward almost five months, and the shoots have grown to this:   That's it for this post. The next one will

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Dying Oak Tree

Dying Oak Tree

These are old photos, but this is the second oak I've noticed where one side dies with a bunch of small holes at breast height on the trunk. Quite peculiar. Anyone have any clue what this is? Respond in the comments.  

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