Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Toward the center of the pond stands one of SSW’s finest oddities. A red oak tree stands erect, though dead, due to a series of heavy rain events and flooding 1955. This dead tree, referred to as a snag, remains a mystery as to how the external structure remains standing today. Luckily, this tree is a choice spot for numerous birds, providing a clear vantage point of the larger pond and surrounding areas. The open skies are perfect for small birds to keep an eye out for predators above. Some popular species’ you’ll find resting here include Blue Jays, Northern Shrike, Merlin, Ospreys and Kingfishers. Herons have nested on the snag in the past, and frequently perch at the top braches.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Sapsucker Woods Through the Seasons: Fall/Winter