Friday, April 20, 2018

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary - Hiking


The Rockery aka Rock Grotto
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, MA



Massachusetts Audubon
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Trails: Ipswich, Ipswich River, South Esker, Averill's Island, White Pine Loop, Bridge, Mile Brook, Drumlin, Rockery and Rockery Loop Trails.
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip

The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary - Mass Audubon is only 30 minutes from my home, but this was my first time visiting! There were a few blowdowns on the trails, but for the most part, the trails are very well-kept. Lots of mellow wildlife too - Chickadees who will eat out of your hand, a Mallard Duck who comes when called and will follow you. Many other species of birds and wildlife and if you are lucky, a couple of deer grazing in the open fields next to the visitor center! Stop and listen and you will also hear many birds. The Rockery area was fun and we did a bit of scrambling and enjoyed the trail that bordered the Rockery Pond.  Enjoy some photos of our mellow 6-mile hike with the Metrowest Retirees (or not yet) Ready for Adventure meetup group. 






Hickory Nuts



Bat homes




Super chill duck

On the Averill's Island Loop trail along the Waterfowl Pond

Stone Bridge (right) along the Waterfowl Pond

A pretty friendly Chicadee

Red Salamader









Snowdrops Flowers near the Rock Grotto

Chionodoxa near the Rock Grotto




Delicious after-hike lunch at 
Four 66 Pub & GrilleDanvers, MA