Springs Preserve is a historical site, still in the process of restoration. There is an entry fee, but much to see, including a Museum and Native Gardens.
But we were after the trails - about 2 miles of them - to see the habitat and hopefully a bird or two. This art structure, 3 over-sized binoculars, promised birds, hares, and amphibians.
The first birds we saw were together in a bush - I think they were all WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS but we were looking into the sun (and no bins!).
|Tree of Sparrows|
Wetlands Park (next day) was a real treat - it is laid out beautifully!
While also still undergoing some development (new paths, new public buildings, etc), the series of trails that loop through the wetlands is easy to use and provides great birding! There is currently no fee to use the park
This boardwalk crosses one of the water restoration ponds.
|Say's Phoebe (really!)|
Familiar AMERICAN COOT floated on the water, along with a smaller COMMON GALLINULE.
We took the outer paved loop, with a few little meanders off on the gravel trails. Our list of birds is in our field report on Birdfellow.com.
A WESTERN MEADOWLARK was running along the rocks on the side here - a little ways up my daughter spotted a GREATER ROADRUNNER off on a dirt trail.
|American Coot and Snowy Egret (no, really)|
I was snapping photos of these AMERICAN COOTS in the middle pond when my hubby asked what that white spot in the tree was -- our first SNOWY EGRET!
This BLACK PHOEBE was one of the last birds we saw as we were winding our way to the parking lot.
Well, hopefully you'll forgive my blurs and enjoy the treats we found in the most unlikely of places!