The Kingdom comes alive in wintertime: logging, ice fishing, and of course snowmobiling. There's a VAST trail right into downtown Island Pond, ; cars often have to wait their turn behind Skidoo's and Arctic Cats at the Mobil station. The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers maintains an extensive network of groomed and well-signed trails throughout the region, and these make great trails for accessing the backwoods. What I love most of all -- the ghostly echoes of the snowmobile engines whining from across the valley. The sound from afar is very non-mechanical, and ebbs and flows just like a howling wind, but on a calm bright winter's day.
the only northern (boreal) birds observed this afternoon were a Northern Goshawk that flew right over my car, and a pair of Gray Jays. The region is also the place to find many of the other Canadian species in Vermont: Northern Hawk-Owls and Great Gray Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Boreal Chickadees, White-winged Crossbills, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks. Unfortunately none were seen today. Fortunately, I like exploring this wilderness area!
CHECKLIST FOR BRUNSWICK & BLOOMFIELD:
Black-capped chickadee, Blue jay, Gray jay, Northern goshawk, White-breasted nuthatch, Red-breasted nuthatch, Golden-crowned kinglet, Barred owl.