From our archives this photo was taken on a summer evening as the fog began to settle over Two Lick Creek at the Waterworks Conservation Area. The site is located south of Indiana, PA. It's a 10-acre site located about three miles south of town. Here you can fish in Two Lick Creek, enjoy at picnic at the pavilion, walk the wetlands trail or launch your kayak for a trip downstream.
Other than one spell of snow it's has been a relatively snow free winter in Indiana County. However, we have had Snow Geese sightings in the County. The Snow Goose was, in the early 1900s becomng rare but with the passage of game protection laws they have dramatically increased their populations.
The snow goose has two color plumage morphs, white (snow) or gray/blue (blue), thus the common description as "snows" and "blues." White-morph birds are white except for black wing tips, but blue-morph geese have bluish-grey plumage replacing the white except on the head, neck and tail tip. (from Wikipedia).
One that we saw in Conemaugh Township recently in a corn field was the Blue morph variety.
The above photo is courtesy of Wikipedia from the following source:
"Anser caerulescens CT8" by Cephas - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anser_caerulescens_CT8.jpg#/media/File:Anser_caerulescens_CT8.jpg
We discovered this juvenile Pickerel Frog hanging out in the rocky substrate of a hillside seep area. In the winter frogs bury themselves well underground to avoid cold temperatures. However, when we found this one on February 3rd the temperature was 55 degrees.