Eel Pond
McMurtry Gift on Kent Road, Warren, Litchfield County, Connecticut
25 acres


From the intersection of Route 7 and Route 341 in Kent village, follow Route 341 east for 7.8 mile.  Pass by Brick School Road which heads north up to Gritman Pond.  Eel Pond is located on the left (north side) of Kent Road (Route 341), between the first Reed Road and the second Reed Road, just west of the second Reed Road. 


8/19/2005.  On an overcast day, with Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I parked at the pull-off not far from Reed Road.  There is a huge marshy area here that is pretty impressive.  Access is hard here.  All we could do was walk down the road and back to the car and look out at the marsh.  There is a nice variety of species along the marsh shoreline, but it is frustrating not to be able to get up close and personal with the marsh.  Any body interested in board-walks?  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = blooming on 8/19/2005

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Alnus serrulata (alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)    *
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rosa rugosa (wrinkled rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Salix sp. (willow)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Spiraea alba var. latifolia (meadowsweet)     *
Viburnum dentatum (smooth arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum lentago (nannyberry viburnum)

Apios americana (groundnut)     *
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)     *
Clematis virginiana (virgin's bower)     *
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Polygonum scandens (climbing bindweed)     *
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Alisma sp. (water plantain)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)      *
Apocynum sp. (dog bane)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster spp. (aster)     *
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed)     *
Chenopodium album (pigweed)     *
Cichorium intybus (chicory)     *
Cicuta bulbifera (bulb-bearing water hemlock)     *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)     *
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane)     *
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)     *
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)
Galium mollugo (wild madder)     *
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Hypericum punctatum (spotted Joe-Pye weed)     *
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)     *
Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)     *
Lepidium virginicum (poor man's pepper)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower)     *
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil)     *
Ludwigia palustris (water purslane)
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)     *
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)     *
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover)      *waning
Nymphaea odorata (white water lily)     *
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)     *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)     *
Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)     *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum spp. (smartweed)     *
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)     *
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)     *
Sedum telephioides (garden sedum)
Silene latifolia (white campion)     *
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion)     *
Solanum nigrum (black nightshade)
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod)     *
Stellaria pubera (star chickweed)     *
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)   
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)     *
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Digitaria sp. (crab grass)
Panicum dichotomiflorum (fall panic grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)

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