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September 01, 2014
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Wetland wildlife watching

Late in the morning, a red-tailed hawk flew over the pond with what appeared to be a mouse in its talons. Open areas near shorelines offer good hunting opportunities for raptors, and the abundance of smaller birds frequently attract accipiters such as sharp-shinned and Cooper’s hawks.


May 1, 2013

If you have visited a lake, swamp or other wetland lately, you have probably heard the arrival of spring in the form of spring peepers, pickerel frogs, or maybe the honking of Canada geese. If you look closer, you might see some painted turtles basking on a log or some red-spotted newts swimming by the shore. Soon, other amphibians such as green frogs and American toads will add to the chorus of wetland habitats.

The numerous lake and wetland habitats in our region offer some varied wildlife viewing; what may not be at a lake may be present in a marsh habitat. Transient migratory and resident birds abound as well. The images in this column were all taken during a two-hour visit to a beaver pond in Pike County last week.