At this point you level off and you're in a wonderful area where the stream slows down and creates some marshy pools. When Mark & I were here the week before to check out the roads for the class trip we had some great odonates in this area...but we didn't have any this time.
We had great looks at Yellow Warblers chasing each other and setting up nesting territories...
Probably the most exciting bird for many on the trip was finding an Olive-sided Flycatcher. This bird used to breed in the state but is most often seen in migration only. We spent almost 20 minutes just watching him fly catch and got great looks through the scope so that everyone was able to identify the critical field marks.
And as Mark was leading the class in looking at the birds, I started to find some dragonflies. It was interesting that most of the odes I saw were on the Mt. Wilcox loop road and in some of the higher forest clearings...like this young Chalk-fronted Corporal.
We also had some butterflies on the mountain road as well...like this American Lady feasting on the blossoms of an old apple tree.
Once out of the park we went into the tiny town of Monterey and took the Tyringham Road back north so that we could check out some of our favorite birding spots in this wonderful valley.
We were back at the car just after 2 and everyone jumped on the Pike and headed home. It's only about 90 minutes from Worcester to Exit 2 in the Berkshires, but it's such a different place to bird. We ended up with 72 species after 7 hours in the field....plus great wild flowers, Red Efts, tadpoles and, our course, dragonflies. Anyone passing through this area, should definitely carve out some time for a drive through Beartown -- it's totally worth a visit.