Remember that advice shared with us by our parents as part of being taught what to do before crossing a street?
It comes in handy while out in nature. Next time you’re on a hike, please do so: Stop. Look. Listen.
Today, while continuing my wildflower inventory along Veterans Bike Path in the Town of Ballston, I did just that. I had stepped off the bike path to more thoroughly study the many plants growing along a small shallow water area in the drainageway bordering the adjoining woodland, when a sound and motion overhead caught my attention. As one of them flew across the trail to a large oak on the opposite side of the adjoining railroad tracks, my eyes quickly noticed this silhouette from where the first bird took flight –
Given my reward for doing so, I encourage you to take a moment next time you are out for a hike to simply stop and take notice of what is surrounding you. You might be surprised to see “whoo” is watching you!