Last weekend, my wife and I went to the Nyquist Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary in New Paltz. It has several different habitats and sits along the Wallkill River. As with most of the other days this winter, it was pretty cloudy that day. We ended up getting caught out in the middle of a minor storm of sleet, so we had to cut our day short.
Wildlife wise, we saw lots of sparrows and finches. The highlight of the day was a great blue heron that approached us on the trail before turning around and running back towards the frozen water. Not sure why the heron was so curious of our presence, but I’ll take it!
On a side note, I will be reporting my full sighting lists again with the help of the website, ebird.org. The site allows people to report bird sightings, tracks activity by state, county and even individual locations. You can see everything that I saw at Nyquist Harcourt by viewing my checklist. I have also put together a photo gallery for your viewing pleasure.
Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary (click photos to enlarge)