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An Autumn Walk at the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

Written by Laura M. Reckford

FALMOUTH – Things are looking up. It’s easy to keep your eyes on the ground during a walk in the woods but then you might miss the canopy of trees changing color against the cloudless blue sky.

A recent walk at the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary was a quiet visit. Sounds of chirping and squawking just out of sight.

Holly berries ranging from dark blue to ruby red on the hundreds of holly trees in the 49-acre sanctuary.

An elaborate round bird house, with multiple units, stands mid-field, and nearby, simple bird boxes, with Quaker simplicity, stand ready for nest-makers.

Food and lodging. This is a place for birds.

Walking through the pine and oak forest, you come upon Grassy Pond, its reeds turning to russet.

As we were leaving the sanctuary, a mother arrived with two young children.

“Look,” the young boy said, as a critter scampered through the parking lot.

“It’s a chipmunk,” Mom said. “We’re seeing things already.”


– Laura M. Reckford

About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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