Photo: Sandra Rothenberg/Audubon Photography Awards
I remember when I saw the Barred Owl for the first time. I was just lucky, really. Owls have evolved a really cool adaptation that allows them to fly nearly silently – outstanding for hunting, but it makes it challenging to ever spot one in the wild.
I was in the lead railbike, pedaling south, back towards our launch site, when the owl flew across the tracks, east-to-west, away from the Hudson and into the deeper forest.
Whitetail deer aren’t exactly exotic, but we see them pretty regularly. This track was in the mud near our launch site this past weekend.
Last week, I spotted a Scarlet Tanager on a ride.
Photo: Andrew Spencer | Macaulay Library
I’d never seen one before, but the gorgeous bright red plumage caught my eye. I had to look it up afterwards to be sure what it was.
And then there is the beautiful but vulnerable Painted Trillium.
We’ve spotted some in the woods, near our break site by the Boreas River.
You never know what you’re going to see on our railbike rides…come take a ride with us this summer and see the beauty of the Adirondacks in person!