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My name is Sherry and I love to observe the wildlife that lives in the woods, swamps and streams that surround Canandaigua Lake.
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By Sherry Widmer
My name is Sherry and I love to observe the wildlife that lives in the woods, swamps and streams that surround Canandaigua Lake. I am especially fond of raptors (bald eagles and hawks), herons, turtles, foxes, beavers and ó well, you get the picture. ...
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Wildlife Musings from around Canandaigua Lake
My name is Sherry and I love to observe the wildlife that lives in the woods, swamps and streams that surround Canandaigua Lake. I am especially fond of raptors (bald eagles and hawks), herons, turtles, foxes, beavers and ó well, you get the picture. In this blog I would like to share some of my wildlife observations with you, as well as give you some more detailed information on the animals themselves. Iím hoping that you will all contribute some of your observations and sightings as well.
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We are so fortunate to have an abundance of beautiful areas to hike in search of wildlife, wild flowers and glorious scenery. I visited one of these spots at dawn this morning. Todayís Musing is about the Wildlife Management area Hi Tor as accessed from Brink Road. It is a beautiful area with ponds, deciduous and evergreen forests and easy to follow trails.

During the two hours that I spent there this morning I was treated to a wide variety of wildlife sounds and sightings. As I rounded the corner to the first pond, a Robin, high up in a tree, trying to catch the first rays of sun, greeted me. A few seconds later a Blue jay swooped into the same tree and shared it with the Robin for a short time before taking off to the woods at the other side of the pond.

At the next pond I spied a mink moving swiftly through the water. He was keeping such a low profile in the water that I almost missed him. If it hadnít been for the wake he was creating on the still pond, I would never have seen him. As I wandered along the trail for the next mile or so, more Blue jays, several woodpeckers and many small songbirds hiding in the trees at the edge of the trail greeted me.

When I arrived at the largest pond there were a number of Nut Hatches hiding in the bushes at the edge of the pond and another Blue jay. I wandered through the woods at the side of the pond watching the squirrels scamper here and there across the ground and up and down the trees. At last it was time to turn back but the wild life treats were not finished. About half way up the last hill I flushed a grouse and then a White-tailed deer. I donít think I could have asked for a nicer morning.

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