My first tracks of the season

After a wintery mix stormy week of weather, a sum total of about 7″ of fresh snow awaited my skis.  So, I headed out and made some tracks today.

I visited the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail and departed from the parking lot off Upper Newtown Road, heading south.

Glittering ash tree

Glittering ash tree

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

About halfway between Upper Newtown Road and McDonald Creek - note white pines on right

About halfway between Upper Newtown Road and McDonald Creek – note white pines on right

Closer view of those white pines

Closer view of those white pines

McDonald Creek

McDonald Creek from atop historic waste weir

View of hills west of towpath just south of McDonald Creek

View of hills west of towpath just south of McDonald Creek

Beaver lodge north of Lower Newtown Road

Beaver lodge north of Lower Newtown Road

Can you see the solar array in the former field?

Heading back (just north of southern boundary of Town of Halfmoon)

Heading back (just north of southern boundary of Town of Halfmoon)

Looking northeasterly across solar array

Looking northeasterly across solar array

Northbound across from beaver lodge

Northbound across from beaver lodge

Old Lock No. 9

Old Lock No. 7

During my outing, I saw/heard:

  • red squirrel
  • American crows
  • American robins
  • American goldfinches
  • black-capped chickadees
  • bluejays
  • Canada geese (several migrating flocks high above)
  • dark-eyed juncos
  • downy woodpeckers
  • hairy woodpecker
  • house sparrows
  • muskrat
  • northern cardinals
  • pileated woodpecker
  • red-bellied woodpeckers
  • red-tailed hawk
  • rock doves
  • white-breasted nuthatches

Happy trails!

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