Check in here for trail conditions and occasional observations of plants and animals.
Trails are dry and in great condition. I saw a big white-tailed buck as it bounded away from me and 2 big groups of Hooded Mergansers on the water, woodpeckers, and Blue Jays all over!
Trails are great and the trees are still beautiful! A few fall migratory songbirds are still hanging around and you can see the wild turkeys, deer, squirrels, and soaring raptors as you walk and crunch the leaves under your feet. A Great-blue Heron was still hanging around in Hussong Marsh.
Trails are in great shape! Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and the sounds and smells of Autumn. White-tailed Deer and Wild Turkeys are making appearances on the trail.
Trails are in good condition. Be aware….wasps are active! Late summer blooms along the trail, and fall migratory songbirds are starting to move through.
Trail is mostly dry with some squishy areas. Fox kits (quite big already) have been seen, deer can be seen right off the trail, Sandhill Crane family, a lot of Yellow Warblers, Indigo Buntings, wood-pewees are calling. Please be respectful of the wildlife and stay on the trail. Mosquitoes are pretty intense this time of year, especially in the Hussong Marsh area. Stinging nettles can be found along some areas, be aware of those!
Trails are only muddy in a couple low areas. Mosquitos are abundant! Jewelweed is now ankle / shin high, downy yellow violets, bluebells, ferns, mayapples, many warblers still hanging around, thrushes singing, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Orioles are abundant. Look out for toads along the trail!
Sandhill Crane with 2 chicks walking, Gray Squirrel with completely blond tail, lots of warblers, flycatchers and other songbirds, I watched an immature hummingbird eating bugs off of twigs, mayapples are fully leaved out, virginia bluebells are flowering, trilliums flowering, and ferns are knee high. Trail is still muddy in low areas, but dry in most areas.
Trail is still wet in areas, please be prepared for mud and some standing water in really low parts. Warblers are abundant and many other spring birds have arrived! Fox kits have been out playing and turtles sunning. Frogs are calling in the pond and there are a few toad tadpoles swimming around.
Today the first Mourning Cloak butterflies were out and active. Wood and Leopard Frogs have been calling for the last 2 days, although very active today. Tree Swallows came back this week and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers are abundant. Today, I also saw the first Eastern Garter Snake of the spring soaking in the sun.
Otter tracks in the snow yesterday along with fox, deer, turkey and heron tracks on the boardwalk. Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Hermit Thrushes, and an American Tree Sparrow are around as well.