Enjoying my Day in the Snow
I spent the afternoon hiking along the snowmobile trail here in Allegany State Park today. Birds were quite along the trail but I did come across a few Kinglets and Chickadees. The only insect that I could locate were multiple Stoneflies visible along the fresh snow that came down last night. Stoneflies are also known as Plecoptera and the nymphs live in streams, creeks and lakes. Some of the adults are known to emerge during the winter months and I was not surprised to find these Plecoptera wondering around.
Over the weekend . . . . we accumulated over a foot of snow which is exactly why I stayed on the Snowmobile Trail. Today would have been my best opportunity to use my snowshoes this season but my main mission was to just enjoy the day.
I found multiple mink tracks along the streams and beaver ponds. Deer and Coyotes tracks were seen in numerous areas along the trail and I then found some Deer running away in the distance (too far for a photo)!
I traveled down to the Allegheny River after going on my little hike and found a few species of waterfowl. Common Mergansers and Canada Geese were the most common birds found. A few Buffleheads, American Black Ducks and Hooded Mergansers were also along the river. Best two birds for the day were a Pied-billed Grebe and a female Scaup species.
Overall . . . today was a great day to get outside and enjoying nature. The sun was bright and the fresh snow was just beautiful. Within the next month, I will be reporting many more species of waterfowl and other songbirds that will be arriving! We also can expect by the end of the month that the Osprey will appear and I will need to start cleaning the Bluebird boxes out. I am very glad that we have finally made it to March!!
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