Hi everyone – here is the report for the CBC birding trip to South Monkey Run
this past weekend.
Seven birders joined me for a snowy morning walk, the last Sunday in April -
now a distant memory after the last few very warm days.
Despite the wet snow, which pelted our eyes and fogged up our binoculars, we
managed to find 25 species of birds, and, I think, we had fun. I won't go into
all the details, especially as I seem to have forgotten some of them already;
fortunately, Wes was keeping the eBird list! We started out from the Monkey
Run parking lot, first heading towards Fall Creek, and veering left, going
downstream a short way; we then backtracked, and made our way upstream,
eventually following the trail uphill to a forest of red pines and white pines,
and then over to the railroad right of way, and back to the parking lot. Oh,
and mud, yes, mud.
We heard a grouse drumming (near the parking lot), and saw cedar waxwings and
ruby-crowned kinglets along the way. All of us heard a towhee in a large brushy
area; some of the group stayed long enough to get good looks. Closer to Fall
Creek, we saw common mergansers and wood ducks - we thought that perhaps some
of the ducks were nesting in the sycamores on the other side of the river, but
we couldn't quite confirm that they were entering a nest cavity. In the pine
woods, overlooking the creek from a bit of a height, there was one popular pine
which seemed to attract several birds, including a palm warbler and two brown
creepers. On the way back along the old railroad right of way, we had very
close looks at a white-throated sparrow sitting in a bush close to the path; it
was joined by another white-throated sparrow which preferred to remain less
We saw 25 species, in 2.5 hours, on a 2.5 mile walk.
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