I got there at about 9am and found a trail that was 1.5 miles that was pretty level except for a few areas like the one above which was flat, but had a ton of roots which could make running hazardous if you were not paying attention. I was in my zone at that point, so I figured I was going to be daring here so I ran it and believe it or not, it's not half as bad as you think it would be if you know how to run in areas such as this as I quickly did. The trick to getting past this section was to basically leap from area to area where there was enough clear land in between the roots to make for a safe landing. An awesome challenge and real fun to boot!
There was also another trail that I found that was approx 1.3 mile long and a little more challenging as you can see in the photo above. I did NOT run most of this area here obviously but most of this trail was fairly easy to run as long as you watched where you were going!
I finally found my way to one of the highest rocks at the highest point of the trail so I could stop to attempt an informal bird count so I did a little pishing and sure enough many of the regular woodland birds came out of hiding, including the craziest bird of all which was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird fluttering around from tree branch to tree branch (perhaps looking for spider webs??)! I could see this small like creature and assumed it was a very large bug because WHY would a hummingbird be out in the middle of the woods with no nectar producing flowers around? I can't get any closer to the creature because I am on rocks with wide crevices in between so you try your best to locate the object on the branches and hopes it comes closer with some pishing and sure enough it did and I was able to confirm it as a hummingbird. I decided to do a little research on this as I found it so odd, but according to Cornell , Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are known to breed in Mixed woodlands and eastern deciduous forests, as well as pine trees, so I guess it would make sense to see a hummingbird in the woods! ;o)
My most exciting bird find (by ear only), but a Red-breasted Nuthatch. I have never seen or heard a RB Nuthatch this far south of Worcester County so I was totally stoked when I heard its toy trumpet like call. I pished and pished but it wouldn't come out from wherever it was so I took some audio instead as record. See video below and note not birds, just the RB Nuthatch call. I did this just to triple check that I was indeed correct as I never was able to get a visual on the bird.
Despite being out in the woods I didn't do too bad for a bird count. I was convinced I would only hear a few Black-capped Chickadees, some Eastern-wood Peewees and maybe a Downy Woodpecker if I was lucky, so it was a pleasant surprise. All in all, it was a great day with about 5 miles of trails (in which 2 were running). Take care everyone.