Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 6/25/2011

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Haven't hiked around Stoney Creek for a few weeks, so I decided to see what might be here close to home. We usually have quite a few Green Herons on the pond by the Tuckahoe golf green # 8, but sometimes see them near other ponds here. As soon as I hiked from my street to Sawmill Creek pond # 3, I saw a Green Heron flying across the pond and landing high up in a tree on the east side of the pond.


Green Heron


Green Heron


Green Heron

I then hiked across the dam and took the short path to Lake Monocan where I was greeted by another Green Heron.


Green Heron


Green Heron

A hike down to the Allen Creek Nature Preserve yielded only a few common species: Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Crows, Vultures, and some Red-winged Blackbirds.


Female Northern Cardinal

I then headed up along the south side of the small pine forest. There were Carolina Chickadees, American Goldfinches, Chipping Sparrows, and one of the Pine Warblers spending the summer there made an appearance.


Carolina Chickadee


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler

The hike ended with a quick visit to Sawmill Creek pond # 2 where a flock of Canada Geese was enjoying the morning sun and cooler temperatures. One of the geese had black and white wing feathers - have never seen this before and assume that they are new feathers coming out.


Canada Goose



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