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Spring In The Catskills, NY


A beaver's house on the middle of a pond

 When the cool shades of winter white, gray, and brown finally fade and give rise to green, blue, and yellow I know that Spring has announced her entrance into the Catskills, NY. In this post we will explore Spring in the Catskills, particularly the area around Woodstock, NY.  What kind of wildlife can be seen if you visit during this time of the year? Let’s find out!

In the beginning of March I decided to take a walk along a pond several miles outside of Woodstock with my Vietnamese Airbnb guests who were eager to see what the NY countryside looked like. It was still cold enough to need a scarf and winter jacket and didn’t feel one bit like Spring was anywhere around the bend ….. I was cold! All of a sudden my guests spied a busy little creature who thought otherwise and was swimming around the pond carrying sticks back and forth to a large house that he was constructing: A beaver, of course! 

photo of a beaver in a lake chewing on a stick

A Beaver At Work


Upon closer observation I realized and pointed out to my friends that there were beaver signs all around: gnawed tree stumps and sticks stacked up forming a dam.  

A gnawed tree stump in the woods showing beaver activity.

Sign of beaver activity

Along with my simple Samsung tablet which I often use to take simple photos I brought along a new Panasonic Lumix FZ200 which was recommended to me as a good digital camera for photographing wildlife due to its powerful zoom lens. Unfortunately, I hadn’t had much time to learn how to operate it, so this is my first attempt at taking a video with this 24X optical zoom lens. It leaves something to be desired, but I think it does at least capture the soul. Have a look at  this cute little architect : 

Signs of Spring at Wilson St. Park

After a peaceful visit with our beaver friend, we headed onward to Kenneth Wilson State Park which was brimming with new life in all its patterns and colors. We discovered tiny new flowers, mushrooms, and of course, leaf buds. If you look closely at trees you’ll see some beautiful silver/green lichen that creates its own special design and texture on the bark:

This is a close up photo of little white and yellow flowers beside mushrooms growing on the ground of Wilson St. Park, NY

Springtime mushrooms and flowers at Kenneth Wilson State Park, just outside of Woodstock, NY 

A close up of small lavendar colored wildflowers growing in a field

Wild Flowers








This is a photo of a red maple showing lichen on its bark in Wilson State Park, NY

A maple tree showing lichen on the bark.

 Following the main trail leading out of the parking lot I came upon a large puddle with tiny tadpoles.  It had recently rained quite heavily and as a result there were several puddles created. It was fun choosing which one to pick for this little video!:

During the warm spell this past April the ice thawed and I made a second trip to the park where  a couple of Kayakers were setting out for their first paddle:

This is a photo of a wooden pier looking over a lake with of view of the mountains ahead. Taken at Kenneth Wilson State Park, NY

View of the Mountains at Wilson State Park








photo of a brown salamander with red spots in the water


In May when the weather and waters warmed up I drove out to Cooper Lake. This is the month when you can begin to spot salamanders in the water, but you have to look carefully, because they’re very small and can be well  camouflaged.

A photo of Cooper Lake, NY

Cooper Lake in Spring

The Ashokan Reservoir

Visit the Ashokan Reservoir during the first or 2d week of May and you can see deer grazing and the beautiful fuzzy yellow Canada Geese babies with their families. They all appear in the late afternoon around 6:00- 6:30 p.m. before the sun goes down and the geese gather together on the foot bridge over the water. I arrived late this year – the end of May and the babies were now big teenagers.  Walking over the Ashokan Reservoir is beautiful any time of day but, my favorite time is late afternoon, during and after sunset You can bring your roller skates, bikes, or cross the reservoir  on foot and the geese  will not mind you mingling with them. Sometimes if you’re lucky you may see a fawn or an eagle fly overhead and this is one of the best places to view post card quality sunsets. Each day, each sunset is different. Enjoy Spring in the Catskills!

A Deer In The Feilds of the Ashokan Reservoir

A Deer Grazing In The Fields


A flaming red orange sunset over the waters of the Ashokan Reservoir

A Flaming Orange/ Gold Sunset over the Ashokan.

photo of a sunset over the waters of the Ashokan Reservoir showing a back drop of the mountains

Sunset Over the Ashokan Reservoir

4 thoughts on “Spring In The Catskills, NY

  1. Dianna Wiegner

    Thanks for beautiful description of spring. Lovely film of otter–he’s adorable! I look forward to reading about your visit to Belize.

  2. chicotito1 Post author

    Thanks Dianna,

    I am still working on this post and acidentally hit the “Publish” button without meaning to since it’s not yet finished! Stay tuned – I’m trying to complete it within the next day or so. Thanks for visiting

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