Oh, the Animals You’ll Meet! Walking in Westchester

Oh, the animals you’ll meet walking in Westchester!

A month of geocaching has left me bruised and bitten (bugs), but I’ve met some nice animals along the way.

It’s also made me much more rugged. Perhaps soon I will have an oblong compartment on top of my car and hot sauce bumper stickers on the side window.

In any event, the mayor of my town sent a warning to residents this week that a bear had been sighted on a nearby street. I didn’t see the bear, but here are my encounters:

First, I met this chicken at John Jay Homestead in Katonah. He was kicking some stuff around.

Next, I met a chipmunk at FDR State Park. Usually they scamper at first human sight, but this guy hung around and made eye contact.

Chipmunk at FDR State Park - Walking in Westchester

In Waterfront Park, we had the privilege of petting this beautiful golden retriever (I think he was a golden).

Golden Retriever in Waterfront Park

On the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (OCAT), I watched a baby deer try to get to his mom who was on the other side of the fence. The baby tried and tried to squeeze himself through the rails with no luck. Finally, he backed up and charged with all his might. I held my breath as he made it through.

Then there was this bunny who met this bird on the OCAT.

And a Scottish Highlander cow who needed a bang trim at Muscoot Farm. He was a pumpkin.

lander at Muscoot Farms Westchester

And then a goose and two fuzzy babies at Rockefeller State Park. Here’s a post on the sounds they make.

Goose and baby geese at Rockefeller State Park

Not pictured here is a rattlesnake I met at FDR. I surprised myself by forging ahead into the woods even after the sighting.

Ultimately, in the month of June, I found 7 of my required 45 NYS Park geocaches. I’ll need to up my game if I want to finish by Veterans’ Day, the end of the challenge.

Geocaching and walking in Westchester blank my mind with the present.

Oh, the animals you’ll meet!

Bald Eagle (Maybe?) in Westchester

What animals have you seen on your walks/geocaching expeditions?

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    1. What’s funny is I didn’t realize that until I saw the close up of the photo on my laptop. As I was experiencing it, I thought it was the sweetest moment between the bunny and the bird, but then, as I was writing this post, I saw that the bird was totally uninterested. Oh well. Such is life! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 Hope you’re well.

  1. I remember when geocacheing was all the rage and I always wanted to try it and then I guess kind of completely forgot about it. Your post has reminded me that I need to try this out!

    Stony Brook University has lots of animals. I can see these daily: deer, bunnies, chipmunks, geese, robins, cardinals, koi and turtles on campus. We also have a resident egret! And some type of hawk that hangs around but isn’t always spotted. And soon it will be frog season.

    Also I think that is a golden eagle but I am no birder.

    1. Oh, I love geocaching. I learned about it a month ago from a State Park website, and I’ve been searching for stuff ever since. Definitely try it. Also, I need some geocaching pals!

      Turtles on campus! I’m from Port Jeff, and I know Stony Brook well. Frog season! Love it!

      A golden eagle — I’ve never heard of that! I’ll check it out. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’re well. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, love geocaching, but always braving the ticks… Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

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