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Old Apr 21, 2010, 1:36 PM   #1
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Default Stiglmeier Park/Losson Park Trails

This park is located in Cheektowaga New York about a 20 min drive across Buffalo for me. Next door to this park is the Reinstein Wood Nature Preserve as well, although we didn't visit it today, perhaps another day. Great family friendly trails here and a lot of small wildlife. My kids really enjoy the walk.

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Some pretty little wildflowers


Deer we encountered here, these are rather abundant here, actually causing some problems for the continued growth of the forest, mainly due to overpopulation and people feeding the animals.


Tree Swallow in the open field

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Squirrel, although we see enough of these animals to make them more of a nuisance, still a nice pose.


One of the common house sparrows from around here


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This Cardinal was actually in one of my neighbors trees when we got home from our trail walking.


Lastly, my poser children.
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Hey Mike,
I like the three little birds in the last shot best!
Although the color coordinated tree sparrow is rather unique.
All are nice shots.
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Hi Mike,
Very nice series. I haven't been out to Stiglmeier Park since my sons ran cross country races there, over 10 years ago. Never thought of it as a photo op. Thanks for posting these, I'll have to make a visit.

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GW, thank you for the kind words, hope you feel better soon.

Jim, I will grant that there is a lot of not so nice woodland/foliage, but there still are some things to see there that will develop nicely out of the camera. At least the trails were nice for walking with the kids. Thank you for you kind words.
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Nice pictures, and very nice looking kids!
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Looks like a lovely park, and very well-photographed too! Really nice shot of the tree swallos - it sure is hard to catch one of those guys sitting still. Of course the photo of your fellow hikers is the best of all (cutest subject too)!!

The first photo of the flowers looks like Toothwort to me.
Oh, and that's not a house sparrow, it's a chickadee - good shot of one too!
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these are far nicer pictures in New York than what i would normally associate with the name New York, skyscrapers, lights, people. I like this New York
and you managed to take good photos whilst looking after 3 kids
thats skill, well done
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That's the common misconception people have when I mention where I am, they immediately think that all of New York State is located around New York City. I've told customers how Buffalo is over 400 miles on the opposite side of the state and they are surprised. It's kind of amusing. While Buffalo and surrounding suburbs may be very urban, you only have to move about 15 mins east and your already starting to hit farmland. Not to mention upstate NY which has the Adirondacks.

There is still a measure of frustration with keeping track of 3 kids while hiking on the trail. My kids make a nice bit of noise so the animals hear us coming a mile away. But they aren't too bad, and my youngest pretty much held my hand the whole time.

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