Plants and Animals in Leddy Park

Leddy Park is rich in plant and animal life.  Many species have been seen and reported by park users.

Plants include Wood Anemone, Sweet White Violet, Wild Oats, Bloodroot, Bracken Fern, Cinnamon Fern, Teaberry, Honeysuckle, Buck Thorn, Sensitive Fern, Winter Berry, Skunk Cabbage, and Red Trillium.

Red Trillium blooming in Leddy Park  May 2, 2009   Photo by Andy Gimino

Red Trillium blooming in Leddy Park May 2, 2009 Photo by park user Andy Gimino

Wood Anemone.  Photo by park user Larry Solt

Wood Anemone. Photo by park user Larry Solt

Trees include White Pine, Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Black Birch, Quaking Aspen, Red Pine, Paper Birch, Big Toothed Aspen, Beech, Cherry, Red Oak, Black Oak, Striped Maple, and Hemlock.

Cherry Tree Blossoms.  Photo by park user Carolyn Bates

Cherry Tree Blossoms. Photo by park user Carolyn Bates

Mammals include Gray and Red Squirrel, Chipmunk, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Rabbit, Red Fox and Moles.   A moose was even spotted in the park.

A moose passing through the park in 2008.  Photo by MJ Mullowney

A moose passing through the park in 2008. Photo by park user MJ Mullowney

Bird species are plentiful in the park sightings include Pileated Woodpecker, Redheaded Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Barred Owl, Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, House Finch, Crow,  Nesting Wood Duck, Black-capped Chickadee, Snowy Owl, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red Tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Pine Warbler, Raven, Tree Swallow, Mallard, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Bufflehead, White-winged crossbill, Cedar Waxwing, Robin, Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Mourning Dove, Hooded Merganser, Osprey, Merlin, Northern Flicker, Loon, Pine Siskin, Red-winged Blackbird, Tufted Titmouse, and Slate-colored Junco.

There are two Pileated Woodpeckers living in Leddy Park this year.  Pileated is the largest North American woodpecker. nearly the size of an American Crow.   Photo by Peter Larsen

There are two Pileated Woodpeckers living in Leddy Park this year. The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest North American woodpecker. nearly the size of an American Crow. Photo by park user Peter Larsen

Barred Owl who called Leddy Park home in 2008. Photo by park user Carol Stenberg

Barred Owl who called Leddy Park home in 2008. Photo by park user Carol Stenberg

The plants and animals sighted in Leddy Park illustrate the richness and diversity of life in the park.  The plants and animals in the park are some of the reasons so many of us walk the wooded trails in Leddy Park.

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