Pfeiffer Nature Center Part 1
By: Pat Coate
A couple weekends back I was dropping my daughter off in Cuba, NY and while on the way had the belated idea to head over to the Eshelman Tract of the Pfeiffer Nature Center for some birding. I had my camera with me, no binoculars and I wasn’t really dressed for hiking since we had pretty much left from church. But the draw was too strong…..
I hadn’t been to the 430 acre Eshelman Tract in several years and was really impressed with the new and well-marked trails. I hiked Eshelman Loop, Bullhead Run, and part of a trail marked for a 10K race to be held the following weekend. Within moments of arriving I was really glad I decided to come as an Indigo Bunting and a Black-Billed Cuckoo (along the west Eshelman Loop) greeted me. A little further along the Hairy Woodpecker shown above was creating quite a ruckus.
Startled Ruffed Grouse (and photographer)
Just before one of the steep climbs on Eshelman Loop I got told off by this Ruffed Grouse for evidently coming too close (unbeknownst to me). She hissed at me, while quickly scurrying along the ground and eventually flying off. I had a few words for her too while managing a couple hurried shots.
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