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October 13, 2020 - 10:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in DeWitt Recreation Area, batavia, outdoors, news.

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Brandon Payne caught another large pike at DeWitt Recreation Area yesterday.

Submitted photo.

October 6, 2020 - 2:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in outdoors, sports, Le Roy, bowhunting.

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Chris Merica, of Le Roy, shot this nine-pointer on the first day of the bowhunting season. His girlfriend, Jenna Read, who shared this photo, said, "He practiced so hard all summer for this exact deer! He’s been waiting quite some time for his trophy buck. I just wanted to give him a little shout-out, he earned this!"

October 2, 2020 - 5:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in outdoors, corfu, news, bow hunting.

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Sean Akin of Corfu landed this buck yesterday, the first day of bow hunting this season.

September 27, 2020 - 3:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in DeWitt Recreation Area, batavia, outdoors, news.

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Justin Gugel shared this photo of himself and a 34-inch, 11-pound pike he caught yesterday at the DeWitt Recreation Area.

September 13, 2020 - 2:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in outdoors, birds, animals, batavia, news.

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Jason Smith shared this photo of a male cardinal feeding a female cardinal in the backyard of his Batavia home.

August 2, 2020 - 4:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Ellicott Trail, news, batavia, outdoors.

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Jason Smith shared this photo of a deer he spotted along the Ellicott Trail this morning.

July 27, 2020 - 4:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, outdoors, nature, news, batavia.

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Angela Schlaggel spotted this white pigeon in the parking lot of The Salvation Army in Batavia and noticed it was wearing a bracelet. 

The pigeon had been at the location for the last two hours at the time Schlaggel sent us the picture this morning.

"It has a bracelet and isn't bothered by my presence at all so I think it may be someone's escaped pet," she said. 

July 27, 2020 - 4:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Butterfly, news, outdoors, nature.

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Anna Fenton shared these photos of a butterfly she found in her back yard.

Can any readers identify it?

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June 1, 2020 - 7:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Tonawanda Creek, outdoors, fishing, news, photos, batavia.

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It was a beautiful evening for fishing on the Tonawanda Creek behind the courthouse in Batavia.

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May 24, 2020 - 1:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in east bethany, news, birds, outdoors, Pileated Woodpecker.

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Chris Kuehl, of East Bethany, took this photo of a pileated woodpecker.

Her husband, Chuck, who submitted the photo, said and his wife have lived at their residence for 17 years and added, "We see pileated woodpeckers all the time but this is the first time one keeps coming to our suet and boy does he go through it. We live by a very large wooded area and get a very large variety of birds. Just love living here!!"

May 23, 2020 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, nature, outdoors, news.

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James Elmore shared this photo from Thursday morning of an oriole eating some jelly in his backyard.

April 26, 2020 - 2:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Eagles, news, outdoors, animals, Stafford.

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Judy Schildwaster submitted this photo of a juvenile bald eagle taken yesterday morning off of Route 33 in Stafford.

April 22, 2020 - 12:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Earth Day, batavia, nature, outdoors, news.

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Photos submitted by Jason Smith, taken in his back yard in Batavia.

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April 18, 2020 - 11:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in eagle, news, Pavilion, outdoors.

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Jeremy McClellan submitted this photo of an eagle he spotted off of Route 20 in Pavilion.

April 16, 2020 - 1:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, news, birds, outdoors.

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A few days ago, we shared a photo from Sarah Wessel, in Alexander, of three eggs in a nest. Today, she shared this photo of two hatchlings.

April 16, 2020 - 1:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Eagles, news, elba, animals, outdoors.

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Josh Hawkins shared these photos he took earlier this week of eagles in Elba.

He wrote:

For three days in a row, multiple bald eagles fed on a roadkill deer in a field on Route 262 in Elba. These were some of the better images I was able to capture with my 300mm zoom lens. The pair in the photos are mature birds because of their bright white head and tail, but I did also observe a juvenile eagle (some white present on the head and tail, but not much) at one point and was unable to capture a photo. They likely came from Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, although I've heard that there is a nest on or near Norton Road in Elba.

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February 10, 2020 - 10:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in eagle, outdoors, news, Oakfield.

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Roxanne Noeth took this picture of an eagle in the area of Lockport Road, Oakfield.

November 6, 2019 - 3:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Eagles, news, outdoors, elba.

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Jazmyn Fredo captured this picture today of a bald eagle in Elba, off Pekin Road.

Submitted by Jessica Fredo.

October 16, 2019 - 4:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, city council, news, Deer, animals, outdoors.

There's been enough talk about the deer problem in Batavia, Councilman John Canale said during Tuesday's Batavia City Council meeting after a local resident said he's been chased by a buck in his own yard during public comments.

"Forming another committee isn't going to do anything," Canale said. "We've done this before. We form a committee and the committee studies the issue and makes a recommendation and then there's no action."

It's time for action, he said.

Councilman Paul Viele's suggestion: A controlled kill. It's time, he said, to start thinning the herds that encroach on the city.

Russell Nephew, a Bank Street resident, said there's a large herd that hangs out at that end of town, in the farm fields between Genesee Community College and the city line and enter on residential property, destroying landscaping and leaving their droppings in local yards, and perhaps carrying tics that are a danger to dogs and humans.

"Those things are disheartening and I’ve put up with them but now I’ve got chased through my backyard by a deer," Nephew said. "It reared up and I got away from it luckily. A couple of days later, my 70-year-old neighbor got ran into her apartment from a parking lot. At any one time, there can be from six to 10 deer that run through there."

A resident from Avon spoke up during the council discussion and said that in Avon they've instituted a bait-and-shoot program that has rules, is regulated, and is helping reduce the herd size.

Council President Eugene Jankowski pointed out that any deer killed would have the meat from the animal donated to a food pantry in the region to help feed low-income residents.

He also blamed the growing herd sizes on fewer hunters in New York. He said more people are giving up hunting as a protest against New York's increasingly restrictive gun laws.

While council members seemed to favor some culling effort, no specific plan was approved at Tuesday's meeting.

June 29, 2019 - 4:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Piebald deer, animals, outdoors, news, Oakfield.

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Jason Smith spotted this piebald deer on Route 63 in Oakfield and sent in this photo.

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