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Cazenovia Creek Nature Sanctuary and Chestnut Ridge Hikes

Published April 29, 2012
Tags: Parks and Preserves, Cazenovia Creek Nature Sanctuary, Chestnut Ridge State Park, American Robin, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal

Today my son and I decided to check out a new nature preserve, officially opened only a couple of days ago.  We drove the short distance to East Aurora and checked out Cazenovia Creek Nature Sanctuary.  I must admit, we were both a bit disappointed.  The park is in a beautiful location and it's wonderful it's being protected for wildlife inhabitants. But - for hikers or bird enthusiasts, it's way too small.  You just get your legs stretched out and you're at the border where a sign tells you it's private property and you can't go beyond.  Ugh!  Oh well, it was worth a try.  We DID see a few birds there: American Robin, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, and Northern Cardinal.

After that park (we just weren't ready to be done), we went over to Chestnut Ridge State Park.  We had QUITE a walk there!  That park is large and beautiful.  It wasn't very birdy, though, but we heard the distinct "bark" of a Barred Owl.  We tried hard to find it, but no luck.

As for pictures,  well, I didn't do too well, so you'll have to satisfy yourself with a few of us and just a couple of common birds!
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Tom at the entrance to Caz Creek Nature Sanctuary
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Song Sparrow
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Red-winged Blackbird
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A difference entrance to Chestnut Ridge State Park than what I've used before. Nice trails are found along here and it's near where we heard the Barred Owl.
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Tom and his faithful friend, Iris (yes, she has one blue eye and one brown eye; she'spart Husky)
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I hate to even post this as I was tired and bedraggled after a 3+ hour walk! But oh well...