Rails

Rails have rightly been called shadow birds. Both species that occur here regularly, the Virginia rail and the sora, are small — barely robin-sized — chubby, drab-colored birds that lurk, seldom-appearing, in the cattails. When …

Fishers

A fisher (Martes pennanti) is no measly weasel. The largest member of this family is making a comeback in New York State. Once nearly eliminated in all of the U.S. because of habitat loss and …

Red Squirrel

My quiet early morning is suddenly interrupted by a staccato churring cry. After screaming at me, a red squirrel dashes along a downed log and up onto a stump. There he turns and exhibits that …