Summer is here and you might be itching to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather! We here at Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow are enjoying the sun and want to share some of the sights with you. Many visitors stop by and ask, “What might we see today?”
If you’re looking for a serene place to walk, this is it! We have roughly 6 miles of natural, unpaved trails that meander through several different habitats such as fields, forests, and stream sides. We even have an organic garden! In the summer, you can see many wildflowers on our property, from colorful Dame’s Rocket to sunny Coreopsis to the ever-so-helpful Milkweed! Our great Ash tree provides shade over one of our many picnic tables. As you walk towards our Upper Stream, you will come across a calm and beautiful scene – a quaint bridge going across tiny falls that let out into a bubbling stream.
If you’re looking for wildlife, you’re in luck! Our meadow is called the “Blue Bird Meadow” due to the many Blue Bird nest boxes that we have set up. Many of these boxes are being used and you may be lucky enough to see a pair darting in and out. In this area you may also see larger animals such as groundhogs, turkey, rabbits, and deer. Don’t forget to look up, you might see turkey vulture or Red-tail Hawks flying overhead.
In the forest, you may see deer drinking by the stream or munching on some tasty leaves. You may also see a variety of bumpy toads and smooth frogs, woodpeckers , and maybe even a fox darting along the edge of the woods. At the stream in the woods, take the time to gently flip over some of the rocks! You might be surprised to find salamanders and macroinvertebrates like crayfish, caddisfly larvae and even damsel/dragonfly nymphs! There might even be an Eastern Box Turtle wandering around!
When you are entering the woods from our Lavender Trail, off of the side of the Visitor Center, you will come across our Bird Blind. This is a great location to quietly do some bird watching. We have a variety of feeders that attract a great many more birds such as Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, Blue Jays, Red-Winged Blackbirds, White-Throated Sparrows, Gold Finches, Song Sparrows, and many more! Of course, while there, you might see a sneaky squirrel coming along to steal some of the fallen seeds.
If you visit the pond, you might see a variety of water fowl such as geese (we had a nesting pair here this spring that laid five eggs!), Mallards, Great Blue and Green Herons, and this spring we even had a Yellow Legs come and visit the pond! When you look out at the logs that protrude from the water, there’s a good chance that you’ll see turtles basking in the warm sun. Fish might jump up out of the water having a great time looking for water insects to gobble up. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed at this pond, so bring a friend and sit out on our docks! On your way to the pond, don’t forget to check out our old Water Wheel house or the Spring house! These old buildings are part of the rich history here at Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow.
Always remember to come back inside the Visitor Center and check out our displays, such as our Touch Tables full of fossils, rocks, bones, and natural artifacts, our Rotating Monthly Art Gallery (all works are for sale too!), our live animals, and don’t forget to pick up a flyer for our upcoming events and family-friendly programs! We always have something new and exciting going on!
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