Two Rivers Park 11/17/12

Saturday we went out to Two Rivers Park and walked over the Two Rivers Bridge to the Two Rivers Trail.  The trail links up to the main park but we started out near River Mountain Rd.  It was nice and sunny with the temps in the 40s and maybe up to the 50s.  The trail covered a lot of different habitats including:  open water (Arkansas River) sheltered bays, deciduous woods, mixed woods, ponds, grassy open areas, and grassy scrub areas.  Several species were observed including a plethora of woodland birds.  Not many aquatic birds were seen but unidentified ducks were heard.  Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows sang while a Winter Wren and Carolina Wren battled to determine who’s louder.  Fifty or more pelicans were out on the water along with a few cormorants and Pied-billed Grebes.  Where woods met scrub, a Red-shouldered Hawk called and urged a Red-tailed Hawk to move on.  The jewel of the journey came as we neared the end.  In a densely covered area that was near the reedy banks (I assume) of the river I heard a familiar but seemingly out of place call.  I waited to see if it wasn’t just a tree creaking in the wind.  Fortunately, the bird was very vocal and gave its call frequently and I was easily able to identify it as a Gray Catbird.  Even though these birds should migrate out of this part of the state, they are regularly seen at this location in the winter.  It was a pleasant surprised and a good way to end a pleasant trip.

Here are the species (31 in all):

  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Fish Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Winter Wren
  • Carolina Wren
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch
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