Macedonia Brook State Park

Rocks and reflection in Macedonia Brook

Rocks and reflection in Macedonia Brook

Macedonia State Park, Kent, Connecticut.

We took a walk in this gem of a park and while the walk was great, the brook was almost completely dry. We’ve had a drought this summer in the Northeast and it’s been tough on both the landscape and hikers who depend on running brooks for a water source.

Still brooks do make for nice reflections though so I guess there’s a bit of an upside.

Macedonia Brook Reflection

Macedonia Brook reflection

Macedonia State Park, Connecticut. The loop trail around this gem of a park is about 7 miles long and quite a serious hike. It goes over Cobble Mountain and crosses Macedonia Brook just below a large beaver dam. Wearing polarized sunglasses is a must on hikes but they actually prevent one from clearly seeing reflections like this so we’re in the habit of taking them off as we pass potential reflecting pools.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Dave shooting yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I were hiking the other day and I spotted some unusual bark on a tree. On closer inspection the bark was riddled with woodpecker holes up and down the entire tree.

The bird is a yellow-bellied sapsucker and it really likes this tree. As you’ll see in the other pictures, the entire tree is riddled with holes, bottom to top.

Dave thought this tree was close to 100 years old so this is many generations of sapsucker action on it. No other trees in the area showed this kind of woodpecker damage except two other basswood trees a few hundred feet away.

As you’ll see in the last image the tree is still living, amazingly after such a riddling with holes.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree