It goes something like this (With occassional variations)-
- Morse Beach Park – I scope the the lake from north of the beach. Check the trees in and around the park and then check the dam and pool below it.
- Carrigan Crossing (Skipped this morning)- To check out gulls and northern parts of Morse Reservoir.
- Hamilton County Heron Rookery – This new park is coming into its first spring. You cannot go near the nesting area, but there is a nice parking area and observation deck.
- The Phoebe Bridge (My own name.) – This is a bridge with a parking spot near the west end. This is a great place to spot eastern phoebes hawking over the creek. I thought this was my “secret place” but I’ve crossed paths with many that have the same feelings. I’ve yet to run into anyone else out there. I’ll share, it’s at 256th Street and Little Cicero Creek.
- Koteewi Park – This is a prairie area adjacent to a river with woodland borders. You could spend all day birding this huge and diverse park.
A few notes:
- Not much action on Morse Reservoir this morning — a pair of coots, Canada geese and mallards. I heard what might have been a red-winged blackbird in a tree behind me and quickly scanned the upper reaches. I forgot the blackbird when I spotted a young bald eagle eating something held in its talons. I walked, the long way, around the tree to put the sun at my back and got what I thought would be a good shot. I’m disappointed, but finally I’ve seen one of the hometown eagles that it seems everyone else has seen.
- At the heron rookery there were heron on the nests! Again my shots were not up to grade. I’ll return, maybe tomorrow with a tripod.
- Lots of new bird song along white river. Signs of spring are everywhere — frolicking squirrels and downy woodpecker pairs, more and more red-winged blackbirds and the afore mentioned herons on the nest.