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Allegany State Park

Saint Green

colts foot
Colt’s Foot

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone! Had my first of the year Colt’s Foot yesterday . . . . Almost green but more yellow!! Plants should be green soon!! CHEERS
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Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird
Photo from May 2008

Had my first Red-winged Blackbird for 2010 (CHECK)! Multiple times it called the “yurk-a-ree” song!
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Feeling Like Spring

Walk with kenser
Walking with MacKenzie

A heat spell hit Allegany State Park today with temperatures reaching 50 degrees F. MacKenzie asked nicely to have our first walk around Red House Lake and we kept finding critters also enjoying the sunshine.
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Reminders of Summer


Found this warbler nest in the snow today!! This snow covered nest reminds me . . . that I make it through the winter knowing the Warblers will return in the spring!!

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Ring-necked Ducks hiding from the storm

Ring-necked Ducks
Ring-necked Ducks

The first winter storm of the season moved through Allegany State Park today. We had all kinds of weather from snow, down poring rain, sunny skies, thunderstorm, small hail and even high winds for most of the day making any bird wishing they were not migrating south. Today we had 13 Ring-necked Ducks on Red House Lake who appeared to be ducking out from this storm.
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Buffleheads on Red House Lake

BuffleheadBuffleheads

The Buffleheads have been showing up on Red House Lake this week!
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Clouds

CloudsI love big fluffy Clouds

This has been an amazing November!
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Fall in Allegany State Park

From Stone TowerFrom Stone Tower

I wanted to post these fall views of Allegany State Park before the snow starts falling! Hope everyone had a great fall!
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Monarch Movement (love this time of the year)

Monarch
Monarch Butterfly

Allegany State Park had many Monarch butterflies passing through the area today. I counted a good dozen while sitting in the truck today! Many more were observed following the roads moving in a southern direction!
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Baby Skunk

Baby Skunk
Baby Eastern Skunk running away!

This is a few photos of a baby skunk that was wondering around this summer!
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Canada Goose Banding

Canada Goose Round Up 1
Rounding Up the Geese on the Lake

I had an opportunity to assist with some banding of Canada Goose this summer. I was amazed at the number of people required in banding these guys. People were first used to help direct them to the pen and then the masses of people would then help in quickly band the birds . . . then they would be released. For sure an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life!
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New Trail Camera

Deer with apple
Deer eating an apple!

I have been playing with my new trail camera that I purchased a few weeks ago! These are only a few pictures that I captured from the weekend!
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Deer Family in the Yard

Mother and Fawn
Mother and Fawn

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Baby American Robins

Baby Robins
Baby American Robin’s

Baby American Robin’s are ready to fledge the nest!
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Kid Birders at SWAT

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

On Friday the 12th of June 2009 we opened the 2nd session of the SWAT MAPS banding station! We captured 14 different species and banded 17 newly banded birds with 16 recaptures (total of 33 individuals). The weather was very cooperative and we had a great steady number of birds being captured in the nets.
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Roger Tory Peterson’s 100 Year Birthday Party

Kenn Speaking
RTPI Group for the Peterson festival!

This weekend the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) celebrated the 100th anniversary for the birth of Roger Tory Peterson with a big birding festival. RTPI had lined up a world series of speakers and had many participants for his celebration.
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Banding Demo for Kids Last Friday

For the past 6 years I have had the opportunity to participate in Allegany State Park’s Great Outdoors Day with the Recreation Department. This year due to the scheduling conflicts . . . . I was only able to banding during the Friday Class Sessions. But I still had the opportunity to interact with over 200 children from numerous school districts.
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Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak

Just found a Mourning Cloak who let me pick it up with my finger! I just love seeing Mother Nature up close!
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Allegany Nature Pilgrimage 2009

Old Growth Walk
Old Growth Walk (Photo by Patty)

Last weekend the 51st annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage was held in Allegany State Park. This is my 14th year attending the pilgrimage and my 11th year as a trip leader. The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage was started by Gilbert Burgeson (aka Gib) who traveled to Tennesee to visit their daughter. While in Tennessee he attended the Smokey Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage and said, “Why can’t we have a pilgrimage? Why not at Allegany Park?”! Over the past 51 years the organization still frequently has visitors from all over the United States, Canada and other Countries to attend the Pilgrimage weekend. (more…)


Roger Tory Peterson Birding Festival

Reposted from: The Peterson Journal, June 2009, Volume 6, No. 2

Cattaraugus County Bird Club

A highlight of our year-long Schedule of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roger Tory Peterson is the inaugurating of an annual birding festival to be held this year on June 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2009. The focus of the festival will be Eastern North American Warblers on the Allegheny Plateau. During the course of the festival we will visit habitats where Peterson birded as a youth that are likely to hold singing males on territory, with a goal of sightings all or most of the 25 species of warblers that are known to breed in this area. (more…)


Goslings and Mother Goose

Canada Goose Babies
Canada Goose Cuteness

These are pure cuteness . . . . sorry for anyone who feel the need to say awwww!
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First Monarch of the Year

Monarch
Monarch

Today along Red House Lake I saw my first Monarch Butterfly (CHECK) for the year!  The migration has just started moving through the Western New York area!
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Osprey Eating Fish

Osprey
Osprey Eating Dinner

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May First

Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird

May first brought in a flurry of new birds species in the Allegany State Park area. The morning started off with a Blue-winged Warbler (CHECK) and Wood Thrush (CHECK) who were down in the wetland on the maintenance road. I finally saw my first Gray Catbird (CHECK) as it passed in front of the vehicle along Red House Lake! I spent most of my morning along the Bova XC/Mountain Biking trails, where I picked up a Hooded Warbler (CHECK) and American Redstart (CHECK). The Cliff Swallow (CHECK) was observed flying around the Administration Building exploring the locations that they have nested previous years! It is absolutely amazing how quickly birds arrive once you get the most perfect southern winds!
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