Ward Pound Ridge

Second post for June 4 trip covering other flora and fauna.

Chincoteague 5

We covered a more of the Chincoteague NWR and the little Island Nature Trail – Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce with other members of the NY Littoral Society. What made the whole trip so rewarding was the expertise of some of the participants and all the keen eyes and minds. In addition to what I learned during the trip I used my memory, books, and iNaturalist to ID these.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

On a cold and windy day. The number of barn swallows whizzing around was staggering.

Barn Swallows

Lubben Countryside

We went for a walk around Lubben with our family on October 12, 2021. The Fall weather was lovely.

Lubben in the Morning

I enjoyed taking morning walks behind our rental apartment. By the river Spree the sign on the haystack was “Wer rettet die Kultulandschaft?” which means “Who saves the nature resort?”

Spreewald Nature

I have a few more nature photographs from our trip, but not many as this was more of a family visit than a personal nature tour. This is that last post of October 10. Many more days to follow.

Stonecrop Gardens

On September 8, 2021 after the morning trip with Linnaean NY to Rockefeller SP ended we went with our friend Kathleen to Croton Point to possibly see birds and eat lunch. There where so many bees we ate in the car. After a brief stop at the Echo Canoe launch we decided to drive to Cold Springs, New York for coffee. After that we drove up to Stonecrop Gardens nearby STONECROP GARDENS – 81 Stonecrop Lane – Cold Spring New York 10516. It is a drop-dead gorgeous garden and well worth a visit. The view from the hills of the Hudson Highlands is magnificent.

Stonecrop, opened in 1992, began as a private garden. In 1958, Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot and his wife, Anne, built their home on sixty hilltop acres of fields and woods outside Cold Spring, New York. The land was a gift from Anne’s grandmother, Evelina Ball Perkins (more history at the website).

Birds in Forsythe

My main goal at E. B. Forsythe NWR was to see some Snow Geese – mission accomplished. We also saw a Snowy Owl way off in the marsh and an immature Bald Eagle. It is so relaxing to drive around the loop with my scope and camera. The weather on Sunday was shirtsleeve warm.