|Sunrise from the Boat Landing|
|Sunrise from Crockett's Ledge|
Returning home, this bright white birch, which has lost all its leaves, stood out against the yellow beech trees.
|White Birch Amongst the Beech|
|Chemung State Forest|
One afternoon this week I had two avian encounters. First I heard a wild flurry of birds squawking and calling - the tell-tale sign of bird-of-prey in the vicinity. It didn't take long to find the source of the commotion, as red-tail hawk moved from one tall tree to another with only two flaps of its tremendous wings. But its tormentors weren't satisfied, and soon the hawk flew off with an entourage of jays, crows, and myriad smaller birds following along like annoying paparazzi.
The second event was more startling. While I heard the hawk scene from a good distance, the ruffled grouse made me jump when it took off just a few yards from the trail with its loud flurry of wings beating the air. As kids we called them "helicopter birds" because that's what they sound like when they take wing.
We also stopped by Meredith Center to check out the progress there. The new building is now roofed and sided, but there was no activity today.
|Lake Wicwas Dam|
We haven't seen any unusual migratory birds yet, but there is a continuous flow of mallards going by.
And here's perhaps the last view of the bright side of Lake Wicwas for 2011.