(More to come. If you have any great photos of plants or wildlife in the Crusher Lot, I’d love to have them. Thank you – Alan)
A few red foxes have recently been hanging out in the Crusher Lot. You probably won’t see them, but you might hear them. Listen to their bark.
A Friend FROM the Crusher Lot
The Crusher Lot is home to many hawks. One of the most common is the Red-tailed hawk, which you can see and hear swooping over the valley looking for rodents to eat.
Sound of a red-tailed hawk:
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)
A small woodpecker commonly seen in the Crusher Lot, looking for bugs in the old trees. If you hear drumming in the woods, look for a woodpecker.
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
A large woodpecker seen throughout the Crusher Lot, loves the old trees. You might hear them before you see them.
Coyote are heard in the Crusher Lot some years. You might hear them at night when they’re around.
The Crusher Lot is home to many brown bats. According to Mass Audubon, a single bat can catch and eat 600 insects per hour, including mosquitos.
Here’s a video of a bat in the Crusher Lot.
We’ve seen a few screech owls, but mostly hear them at night. It’s hardly a screech – more like the whinny of a tiny horse.
Song of a screech owl, usually at night.
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
More often heard than seen, Great Horned Owls are the stereotypical “hoot owl”, with the call hoo-h’HOO-hoo-hoo. We often hear them late at night, sometimes two calling back and forth.
A few years ago, a flock of wild turkeys lived in the woods.