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Niagara Falls State Park

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Trees frosted by the mist from Niagara Falls looked spectacular today against a clear blue sky.

Pileated Woodpecker

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Pileated Woodpecker eating berries from staghorn sumac which is an exotic looking small tree that is a member of the cashew family.  The berries from this noble plant sustain the lives of many birds and wild animals in late winter.

White-winged Scoters

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White-winged Scoters are ocean ducks that can be found on the Great Lakes and Niagara River in winter and during migration season.


Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagles fishing in the Dunkirk Harbor during a heavy snowfall.



Dark-eyed Junco

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Trying to stay warm on our heated doormat.  It was -10° F when this photo was taken. 

Sundog

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Song Sparrow

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In a few more weeks, this little one will be singing its heart out!

Winter Woods at Sunset

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The Full Snow Moon

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Tonight's full Snow Moon made a brief appearance through thickening clouds.

Imbolc

It is now the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.  New life is stirring as Great Horned Owls lay and begin to incubate their eggs.  Sap begins running in the depths of maple trees. Baby lambs are born.  Hours of daylight are getting noticeably longer in the northern hemisphere. The life force in hardy winter plants becomes aware of itself. The great wheel of the year has reached Imbolc!