We found a heron rookery in Fairlee today. Ten nests around a beaver pond
with two lodges and at least six of the nests are active.
From Bloodbrook Road in West Fairlee walk east on Brushwood Road. Past
Kidderhood Road by about 200 yards there is a significant break in the road
where it goes over an old ‹and historic‹ stone culvert. About a quarter mile
after this there is a road, used as an ATV trail, that goes to the right
just where Brushwood Road swings left. This is just beyond the boundary
(unmarked) of the Brushwood Community Forest. If you come to a VAS trail
that also goes to the right from Brushwood Road, you¹ve gone too far.
Take the first right mentioned and follow it to a small wetland on the left.
From here you will likely be able to hear ‹and even see if you¹re sharp
eyed‹ the great blue herons across and above the wetland. You can skirt
around this wetland at the end you first approach and go up a short rise. At
the top of the rise, turn right and you¹ll soon come to another wetland on
the left. This is where the rookery as well as a family of wood ducks can be