Date: 12/30/18 11:02 am From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds...> Subject: [NHBirds] RE:Monson Village hotspot--we need another hotspot!
Monson Village, as a hotspot, should really refer to the land off old Adams Road, mostly in Milford. This land was carefully protected by owners and abutters for literally centuries, as the location of the main early settlement in the ancient town of Monson.
Monson itself was a very large tract of land comprising large areas of Milford and Hollis, but was not viable as a town for various reasons, and was split up among the adjoining towns.
The little area of the settled village became threatened by development, and through hard work, fundraising and land donation eventually was saved and is now protected by the Society for New Hampshire Forests.
Its habitat consists largely of hayfield and older forest.
The land on the other side of Federal Hill Road the road is younger growth, power lines etc., and crisscrossed by snowmobile trails and logging roads.
Both areas are great birding locations, but are quite different.
I tried to get a new Hotspot for the "Birch Hill trails" through eBird--I really think it would be useful. In the case of the Golden-winged Warbler, people used various spots, under various names, some under "Monson Village".