Sneak peak at ephemeral spring wildflowers

In hopes of finding any ephemeral spring wildflowers choosing to open an early bloom, I decided to return to the unnamed 41-acre property along the Mohawk River that is owned by the Town of Clifton Park to see what may have changed over the past week since my last visit.  The blustery winds were quite gusty atop the bluff along the Mohawk River today, but the short-lived flashes of sunshine intermixed with a periodic snowflake in the air was a good reminder that spring takes its time to arrive.  Still, it was good to be out in nature; essential nourishment for the soul.

Round-lobed Hepatica – these appear to be in full bloom now, in white, pinks and purple

Walking along the pond, I saw and heard a variety of birds, none of whom offered me a pose long enough for me to capture a picture worth sharing here.  They included:  Double-crested Cormorants, Eastern Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, Mallard, Canada Goose, and, Great Blue Heron.

Join me for a quick virtual walk through this scenic property to view the wildflowers that I happened upon.

For a better focused and more close-up view of each species mentioned in the video, please see these images –

Happy trails!

Sneak peak at early spring wildflowers

Round-lobed Hepatica

Today’s sunshine and low 60s tempted me outside to search for any early spring wildflowers that may have taken advantage of recent rains and warmth (following a very mild “winter”) to emerge, or, better yet, pop open a flower bud.

I headed over to the unnamed 41-acre property along the Mohawk River that is owned by the Town of Clifton Park for a look see.  The sunny skies beckoned the songbirds frequenting this woodland to sing loudly, clearly and often.  Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Phoebe, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and, greeting me upon my arrival, a Barred Owl, were among the voices that stood out most.

Join me for a virtual walk through this scenic property to view the wildflowers that I happened upon.  Please note:  One tick was indeed and most certainly mangled to death during the filming of this video.  You’re welcome.  However, rest assured that this footage, which obviously contained graphic violence and an abundance of adult language, is not included in this video.  Rather, the final video is quite family friendly.  I hope you enjoy it.

For a better focused and more close-up view of each species mentioned in the video, please see these images –

Happy trails!