Some trees are flowering, including the Hobblebush Viburnum and what appears to be a cherry tree , though it doesn't look like a native cherry tree. It is right along the side of Chemung Road just north of the Wicwas boat ramp.
While I was in the Hamlin area, I found a dead Ringneck Snake right in the middle of the trail.
It is black on the top with a bright orange belly, and its markings show how it got its name. It had no wounds or other signs of a battle, rather it appeared to be lying right where it would have been sunning itself. It hadn't died very long before, as its body was still pliable and its eyes were clear. Another mystery....
After a long stretch of beautiful weather, we finally had some needed rain on Saturday. I was walking along in a light rain early in the morning and saw an animal swimming in the water. It was immediately recognizable as not a beaver, as it didn't have the straight, bee-line path of the determined beaver. Soon there was a second, and I watch two Otters playing in the lake for several minutes. They were chasing each other, splashing and romping around, and generally enjoying themselves. Eventually they disapeared along a shoreline, probably climbing up on the island. It was too dark and they were too far a away to get any good pictures.
And, just now, as I'm sitting here writing this at 8:10 pm, Linda said "look out the window"! There, standing right in front of the house amid the blueberry bushes was a good size Moose! Being a dark and rainy night, again, no hope for a decent picture, but here's the proof.
I hope it wasn't eating all those new blueberry blossoms! It soon wandered off along the shoreline, sometimes moving very quickly, then just standing and watching - my guess is it detected our motion in the house.
Rainy days might not be much fun for us, but they seem to bring out the creatures.