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Great Horned Owl nesting in Methuen GBH Rookery

When you get out on the rail trail this year keep an eye out for a Great Horned Owl. He has taken up residence in one of the Great Blue Heron Nests out in the Rookery on the Spicket River.

Specifically if you are standing on the trail looking west into the Spicket at all the Heron nests his is the furthest to the LEFT (south.)

Robbie Valcourt has taken a few shots of him in his nest and out of it. He may be hard to see in the deep nest but he will be the one with out the long neck!

So bring your binocs and your long lenses.


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Keep an eye out for the Blandings Turtle

The area along the Methuen Rail Trail from Spicket River to Hampshire Rd is home to the highly endangered Blandings Turtle. The Blandings Turtle nests in the Sandy soil along the sides of the railbed and hopefully will continue to do so after the trail has been constructed. These are very rare and we definitely have them here. For safety sake, the section of the trail that homes them will be constructed after the end of their Nesting season in September. So watch for those green helmet shaped little guys.

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