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Allegany State Park, NY

Yesterday, Bob and I went for a drive just to get out of the house. We ended up Allegany State Park, near Salamanca NY. The park is about a 45-minute drive from our house. We make visit the park frequently throughout the year.

I dropped off Bob at the bicycle trail near the park gate.

Bob walked about 2 1/4 miles of the Robert C Hoag Bicycle Trail. The trail goes around Red House Lake.

The Robert C Hoag Bicycle Trail that winds through 5 miles in the Red House Area of the state’s largest state park was named in honor of the late Robert C. Hoag, former leader of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

After dropping off Bob, I drove to the Red House Wetland, where I hoped to see birds and waterfowl.

I passed by the welcome sign on my way to the wetland boardwalk.
This portion of the boardwalk ends at an observation deck.

I saw two ducks take off, as I approached the observation deck. Unfortunately I didn’t capture any photographs of the ducks in flight, as I didn’t have my camera ready for photography.

This is another part of the boardwalk.
See the bird blind in the distance?
This is where the boardwalk ends.

With the exception of the two flying ducks, I didn’t see another duck or any birds at the wetlands. However, I didn’t leave the wetlands empty handed …

Look what I found at the bird blind!
Where you live, do people leave painted rocks for others to find? I am supposed to hide this rock for someone else to find. I will hold onto the rock for a short while and admire it. Then I will leave it somewhere for someone else to find.

I picked up Bob shortly before he would have been making the turn around Red House Lake. We drove to the Quaker Run side of the park and observed osprey.

When we arrived, there was one osprey sitting on a pole.
I heard another osprey calling; so did the osprey.
The osprey flew over my head but circled back around.
The osprey stood briefly on the very top of a tree.

Meanwhile, the first osprey had flow to the nest. I missed photographing that flight, as my attention was on the second osprey.

The second osprey flew to the nest.
I hope to see baby osprey in the nest soon…
I wonder what the female osprey was saying to the male osprey.

A change of scenery does a soul good!

5 Responses to “Allegany State Park, NY”

  1. Pamelasopenwindow

    Looks like you had a successful walk after all! The osprey are interesting and fun to watch. I like to see one carrying a fish in his mouth for his supper. I just always hope he won’t drop it on me! LOL. Looks like a great place to walk. Thank you for sharing it with us. Love the “peace rock”.

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  2. DeniseinVA

    Great photos Linda! A great area for walking and seeing wildlife. Those ospreys are amazing shots. It’s a great idea to leave painted rocks around, especially like the peace sign. We have a few that people do around here also. They are very uplifting.

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  3. Betty

    Those are great photos of the osprey, Linda! Really great captures! I agree. A change of scenery is great for the spirit!

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  4. Beatrice

    Nice that you did not leave without getting some good shots, Linda. On your return trip, you may have some osprey young to capture in photos.

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