Site Summary: Site Summary: Peat Meadow
Towns and Counties:
municipal, private, nongovernmental organization
60% emergent freshwater marsh,30% shrub-scrub wetland, migratory stopover site
10% utility/right-of-way, undeveloped
residential and commercial development
disturbance to birds
The property has wetlands with some scrub trees, cattails (65 percent) Common Reed (30 percent), and Purple Loosestrife. A power line right-of-way with two sets of gas pipeline abuts the power line and the town of Methuen water pipe runs north to south through the property.
Current Conservation Status:
The Common Grackle roost has been observed at sunset, mostly in the fall, since 1989. Spring observations have occurred since 1992. Groups from the Merrimack Valley Bird Club, Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Musuem, and individuals from the Brookline Bird Club have visited the site, both in the evening and at sunrise. In the fall, starting in mid-August, regular evening trips are made until mid-October, and then trips take place daily at sunrise and sunset until well into November-and in 2000 into mid-December. Three different observation sites are used: looking from east to west, viewing from north to south, and observing from west to east. Because each site is on private property, each fall the owner or manager is contacted.
Other Important Species:
Other Flora or Fauna of Significance:
Joseph Hogan, personal observation