Saturday, 12 May 2018

Slow spring

After what has seemed an interminable wait, spring has arrived with a rush in the last ten days. Our Kwanzan Cherry has flowered for the first time since we planted it, and our Red Bud Maple is gorgeous this year.


We have set out an Oreole feeder and can't wait to see if we can attract these beautiful birds.

Walking the Shug trail yesterday, Judy and I were saddened to see that five little goslings had disappeared overnight... fallen victim to a fox. The mother had sat patiently on her nest for a month.

The Beavers are as busy as ever... their dam has created a lake upstream not far from Dryden Lake.
Everywhere are felled trees, all material for the next endeavour!


Nicholas

Saturday, 10 March 2018

March sunsets...

Still with snow on the ground, we have had some gorgeous skies the last few days.
And now that the Red Winged Blackbirds have arrived, in their hundreds, it seems at last that this year is moving on from the depths of winter.




A few days ago, walking along the Shug trail I spotted a flock of Mergansers rising from the creek.... red headed diving birds they were a gorgeous sight.

Nicholas

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The last of the Fall colors...and splendid skies

Last weekend's gales and rain have stripped most of the leaves off the trees by now, but some beautiful and resistant reds are still to be seen.





Meanwhile, this season is heightened by the morning flights of huge skeins of geese overhead. They seem to be making short flights between Dryden Lake and the fields of corn stubs... but it is a stirring sight to see them fly by.

The Shug trail this morning was touched by soft mist...


Judy and I have a favorite three mile walk crossing five bridges each way... we can see beaver dams, herons, kingfishers and the endlessly changing creek as we walk.

Nicholas

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Fall is here

Fall colors this year took a while to develop, and now with high winds overnight many of the leaves have fallen.
But last Sunday the Shug trail was glorious in golden dawn light...


This beaver dam represents heroic maintenance efforts by the local beavers... some weeks ago a repair crew from DPW knocked it down to alleviate the flooding, but within 3 days the beavers had put it back together!




Nicholas

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Great Blue Heron

This fabulous Great Blue Heron lives in the beaver pond area of the Shug Trail... the other day I watched him stalk some fish...moving incredibly slowly and then pouncing from time to time.



Fall colors are beginning now, and soon be in full swing!
Nicholas

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Green Heron and Hummingbirds

A fabulous Green Heron inhabits the beaver ponds on the middle section of the Jim Shug trail.
Standing still as a statue, the birds sits on a log, or at the top of a tree, seemingly unaffected by passers by.




Back here in our garden, four or five  hummingbirds have taken up residence, skitting from Buddleia to Bee Balm and sunflowers.



Nicholas

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Some Moments on the Jim Shug Trail, early fall, 2017

The Jim Shug trail runs for 4 miles from the Agway Store in Dryden, southwest towards Dryden Lake...
It is perfect walking... flat and full of interest.
We have spotted Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, scores of other woodland birds, butterflies and more.





There is a project underway to extend this magnificent walk towards Freeville and Ithaca... so much more to come!
Here in the North East we are blessed with sunshine and calm... so our blessing go out to those in Texas, inundated by Hurricane Harvey's floods...
Nicholas