Sunny Nature Hike
I enjoyed a wonderful sunny nature hike in Allegany State Park today. It was wonderful seeing people hiking, ice fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing and even those that were out on snowmobiles. Even more pleasant was seeing many of those enjoying nature with their children and pulling the kids away from the computer games for a few hours.
It was extremely quite on my hike with very few birds flying around. I located a Chickadee bird party and pished them in closer. I was shocked on how close they got and were kind enough to be in some great lighting.
Typically we have a few woodpeckers hanging out with these Chickadee parties but they only had the two species of Nuthatchs following along. Some American Goldfinch were out in the dogwoods but they just yelled “potato chip and dip” and went the other direction!
With the fresh snow on the ground . . . . it was easy to find mink tracks along multiple streams. Just look for the side by side prints that are left behind and they are a little larger in size than the Long-tailed Weasel prints I found back in January.
I would also like to give a shout out to radio talk show host Grizzly Gary who generously offered me a Grizzly Gary Burger at his BBQ today. What a character he is and I will let everyone know when he finally talks me into being on his radio program!
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