Mohican's Covered Bridge is a local icon; it stands near the trail heads to Big and Little Lyons Fall . These are easily the most traveled paths in the forest, with a steady stream of hikers in the daylight hours.
But if you arrive early enough, you may have the good fortune to have the place to yourself. The magic hour is about 6:00 AM. A Cerulean Warbler was putting on an excellent show right next to the bridge.
|Yellow-throated Warbler photo by Greg Cornett|
Listen for the complex song of Ohio's most musical species, the winter wren is a tiny, chocolate brown puff ball which favors tree roots along streams. Our forest is enlivened by their melody.
Frank Lloyd Wright of Veerys.
A small blue egg nearby, indicates one of the thrushes. It is an excellent possiblity of a Veery, who sing a Haunting circurlar song, with puctuations of "VEER."
|Veery- photo by Wikipedia|
Anxious to learn more about nests and eggs, I applied Paul Baicich's book to our mystery. Veery is a good fit for the nest and egg. I you don't have this book in your collection, you are missing out.
|Now do you see eggs?|
A bit further down we entered a gorge filled with the song a Canada Warbler. As we passed near the rock edge, a bird spooked off her nest, deftly concealed at our knees' height.
|Canada Warbler photo Dave Lewis|
We scurried past, marveling at how well the nest was concealed. The bird circled back to its nest as we vacated the area.
Mohican is the cradle of life for an astounding number of birds, mammals, unusual plant forms of ferns, trees and forbs, and even endangered Hellbender salamanders. We hope to preserve it for our children, and generations beyond. This park is a place where people connect with nature and sooth away their dreary work-world lives. As John Muir wrote,
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."