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March 2010

Big Celery Farm Cleanup Is Saturday

   Now that the rains have subsided, it's a great time to clean up any mess from the storm and get the natural area looking "natural" again.

   Meet at 9 a.m. at the end of Green Way for a few hours of active conservation. Please join the folks from Fyke Nature Association to spruce up the preserve. Coordinator is Marsh Warden Mike Limatola.

   See you Saturday!

Hawk Mountain: Quick Trip


    Did a quick trip to Hawk Mountain yesterday. The mountain foliage is just starting to awaken, the Eastern Phoebes are returning, and a lone newt was swimming in the Native Plant Garden.

   By the Applacahian Trail, heard Red-shouldered Hawk (I think) and a distant Pileated.

IMG_2628    Highlight of the trip came on Stony Run Road a few miles from the mountain -- had three American Kestrels perched together on the same wire (left). Of course, the lighting stunk and they flew before I could get a decent shot.



Rob Fanning Report 032810

    Rob Fanning reports he saw the following birds at the CF on Saturday
   -YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER--my earliest at CF (prev. 3/28)
    -Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tail
   -Phoebe (4+)
   -RC Kinglet
   -PIED-BILLED GREBE--continuing
   -DC Corm--cont.
   -GW Teal (11); Hooded Merg (3); Shoveler

Monday Morning Mystery Fish


   We took this fish  shot on Sunday and were trying to figure what the heck it is. Two alert readers fathomed guesses. One said carp, the other said suckerfish.

   I asked a fish-minded naturalist pal what we thought. His reply:

   "It's kind of hard to ID it from that photo [ouch!!], but it could possibly be any of the following:
fallfish (Semotilus corporalis)
creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)
creek chubsucker (Erimyzon oblongus)
white sucker (Catostomus commersoni)

   "If I had to place a bet, I would put my money on the creek chubsucker.  Bring me a specimen and I can tell you for certain." (Thanks, BB.)

  Can't really bring in a specimen, so I guess we'll never know for sure. I do know that the fish definitely did not look Latin. "Loch Appert Monster" remains a possibility.