Monday, February 6, 2012

A walk to Goat Peak, Mount Tom

A nice place to watch for hawks. Text from a sign: Each year the Reservation is witness to an amazing event. Through the autumn months, thousands of hawks pass over the Mount Tom Range on their way south. Hawks migrate to follow available food and to escape the cold, dark winters. As winter sets in, small mammals, a food source for these birds of prey, are less active or hidden. Songbirds, another food choice, have also headed south. The shorter days cause hormonal changes in the hawks (as well as most other species). These triggers create an irresistible urge for the hawks to migrate south. However, some hawks don’t migrate but prefer to remain in one area year round.

I don't see any hawks. And where are the goats?

Nice place to sit and look out over Easthampton.

Steps leading to the tower.

The Goat Peak observation tower was built in 1928. Like me, it's pretty old, but stable. Some nice views up here.

The South Hadley water tower. On the right, the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school. I think I can hear someone playing the soundtrack from the movie Grease!

UMass. They like to riot there. It's fun!

Zina was here.

Goat Peak is located on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. The white blaze marks tell you that.

The trail, blanketed in warm sunshine.

Maybe I'll take the Dynamite Trail back. DYN-O-MITE!

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