Noon Hill Reservation

Medfield, Massachusetts

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There are a number of reasons why I visit heavily wooded Noon Hill over and over again, but its seclusion and diversity of wildlife are at the top of my list. Few people even know of its existence; as an added bonus it abuts the Henry L. Shattuck Reservation, which includes an additional 225 acres along the Charles River. One bright March weekend afternoon I took a ramble to the top of Noon Hill and never saw another soul. But I did see wildlife. As I started my hike I decided to take a quick look at Holt Pond, which is adjacent to the small parking area. Circling above the pond was a huge black turkey vulture. The vulture’s peaceful flight was quickly interrupted by the harassing action of a crow, which hounded the vulture so much it finally left the pond. The crow looked tiny next to the vulture’s seven-foot wingspan, but crows do a good job diving and pecking larger birds such as vultures, owls, and hawks. Whenever you hear a bunch of crows cawing, have your binoculars ready—often they are harassing or “mobbing” a larger bird. It is said that crows are so smart that once shot at, they soon learn to distinguish between people who are armed and those who are not. Highlights: Hilltop view, pond, stream.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

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Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

There are a number of reasons why I visit heavily wooded Noon Hill over and over again, but its seclusion and diversity of wildlife are at the top of my list. Few people even know of its existence; as an added bonus it abuts the Henry L. Shattuck Reservation, which includes an additional 225 acres along the Charles River. One bright March weekend afternoon I took a ramble to the top of Noon Hill and never saw another soul. But I did see wildlife. As I started my hike I decided to take a quick look at Holt Pond, which is adjacent to the small parking area.

Circling above the pond was a huge black turkey vulture. The vulture’s peaceful flight was quickly interrupted by the harassing action of a crow, which hounded the vulture so much it finally left the pond. The crow looked tiny next to the vulture’s seven-foot wingspan, but crows do a good job diving and pecking larger birds such as vultures, owls, and hawks. Whenever you hear a bunch of crows cawing, have your binoculars ready—often they are harassing or “mobbing” a larger bird. It is said that crows are so smart that once shot at, they soon learn to distinguish between people who are armed and those who are not. Highlights: Hilltop view, pond, stream.

©  Michael Tougias/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Medfield
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best spring thru fall
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Noon Hill Reservation

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