We are located on the eastern edge of Norfolk County, in an area with sandy knolls and loam soils. Our property is bisected by a picturesque ancient river valley. The natural landscape of old pasture, wetlands, forested slopes, and hardwood forest (Hickory, Butternut, Walnut) provides habitat for diverse wildlife such as grassland birds, wild turkeys and deer.
Our beech-maple forest offers a variety of spring wildflowers, dominated by trilliums. Our alfalfa fields can provide easy walking for birders following fence lines or forest edge, while cut trails provide access to the valley bottom lands. Our vineyard trails lead you to see many birds nesting or foraging in the vines.
You may need your Wellington boots for dewy mornings or after rains. You need to sign a liability waiver before walking, and sign out on your return. You can follow one of our walks or pay a modest fee for a guided eco-tour.
The “Old Cattle Trail” walk, “Forest” and “Hayfield” routes are shown on our map. Spring is an assault on the senses with the songs of frogs, red-wing blackbirds, and the beauty of forest flowers and flowering trees.
The Fall season from September-October has lots of migratory birds, including gold finches and warblers. The Spring season from mid-March to April brings Tundra Swans, Red-winged Blackbirds and a great variety of songbirds.
You may see some of these birds during your visit:
|Tundra Swan||White-Breasted Nuthatch|
|Canada Goose||House Wren|
|Chukar Partridge||Hermit Thrush*|
|Ring-necked Pheasant||American Robin|
|Wild Turkey||Brown Thrasher*|
|Great Blue Heron||European Starling|
|Turkey Vulture||Cedar Waxwing|
|Northern Harrier||Yellow Warbler|
|Coopers Hawk||Tree Sparrow*|
|Red-Tailed Hawk||Chipping Sparrow*|
|American Kestrel||Song Sparrow*|
|Mourning Dove||Red-Winged Blackbird|
|Snowy Owl||Eastern Meadowlark|
|Ruby-Throated Hummingbird||Common Grackle|
|Red-bellied Woodpecker||Brown-headed Cowbird|
|Downy Woodpecker||Baltimore Oriole|
|Blue Jay||American Goldfinch|
|American Crow||House Sparrow|
|Black-capped Chickadee||Hairy Woodpecker|
|Red-breasted Nuthatch||Indigo Bunting|
|Field Sparrow||Wood Duck|
|Pine Siskin||House Finch|
|Common Redpoll||See blog for updates|