I don’t often walk down to the Lower River in winter, but I did go to Artpark State Park in Lewiston so I did not have to do all the climbing like I do where I live. Do you feel a bit chilled looking at these images?
Here you can drive and park, where the walk down to the River is much gentler, you follow along the steep walls of the gorge riverside.
The shoreline is accessible by walking almost 300 vertical feet of trails and steps that descend into the gorge. It can be very strenuous unless you are a mountain goat. Are you tired just looking at this?
Just so you know I’m not bluffing on the Gorge being STEEP! I wonder what slid or rolled down? I hope nothing with four or two legs, just rocks likely.
Now you must be wondering for what is worth going down to the River. The ice and snow are pretty, but there must be more, right?
There are a lot of birds besides gulls in the gorge, but often they are doing fly byes overhead. I think they do this to toy with me. They fly so darn high most often.
See the teeny gulls? This view above is from the top of the gorge, just to give you a bit of vertigo. The view below I am on my way down toward the river.
When I am looking at the gorge above, over my head flies a hawk carrying twigs to make a nest. Yes, this lady is very high up, snickering at me no doubt.
From behind me, a vulture buzzes by, and I think I surprised him as much as he surprised me. Notice his quick bank away from me. Maybe he thought I was dinner since I was standing so still.
Off he goes…
What I could see clearly was the ducks, but not every bird was a duck. Remember what I said about where the robins are in winter?
The woods line the gorge and many songbirds hide out in the understory. The frantic tweeting was almost deafening, which from my experience means a hawk is nearby. Ever wonder how you can hear a hundred birds and only see one?
The ducks were not very close out on the river. The one below was near the shore and the colors you see are the rocks beneath the water. Pretty colors…
I have to say, it was a change not to see multitudes of Mallards.
I went further down River to the Lake to photograph more ducks, no Mallards there either. Tomorrow, see the diving ducks and where I ended up. I was not even planning this trip, but got side-tracked. You might be interested in seeing a fort coming up too.
See other posts of the Niagara Gorge.