May 10th, 2022 – Oneonta Greenway

Report by Scott Fielder.  On May 10th, seventeen hikers showed up on a perfectly beautiful day for a two and a quarter mile hike on the Greenway.  The pace was not fast as we wanted to observe wildflowers and birds.  We were not disappointed in the variety of either.  The following wildflowers were in bloom:  Dandelions, Purple Violets, both White and Red Trillium, Cut-leaf Toothwort, Cuckoo Flower, Forget-me-nots, Kidney-leaf Buttercup, Veronica, Trout Lily, Strawberry and a patch of everlasting Pussytoes.  We saw leaves of Mayapple, Bloodroot, Canada Mayflower and Starflower.  More birds were heard than seen clearly. Many of the bird songs were identified by the Merlin App. They included Yellow Warbler, Gray Catbird, Robin, Red-Winged Blackbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Veery, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Sandpiper, Song Sparrow and Baltimore Oriole. The hike was a multisensory-experience, with flower sightings, bird sightings and singing, the feeling of walking in piney woods, grassy trails, etc. and the redolent aroma from the sewage treatment plant!  All in all, though, it was a wonderful day for a walk in the woods.

Photos by Scott Fielder and Janice Downie.

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