Weekly Walk 24

I was quite sick this week, and we had to work hard to eke out a hike before the vernal equinox in a few days (it’s the twelfth week since the winter solstice). Luckily, I was well enough to hike on an exceptional day. It was 60°F when we left the house, and the clouds were amazing.

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We were surprised to have a birds-of-prey encounter again this week, this time with two Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) who swooped around one another in the sky over our heads.

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We heard (but did not see) Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), which I (and everyone else I talked to) first heard making noise the day after our last hike, and what we think had to have been either Green Frogs (Lithobates clamitans) or someone plucking a banjo, although it seems a little early in the season for either.

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We saw lots of new plants and leaf buds.

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The only one we thought we could confidently identify was the Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus).

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We didn’t make it all the way to the creek because I’m still a little under-the-weather, but we found that sticking our boots in non-creek water was nearly as satisfying as sticking our boots in the creek.

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