Bird Park in February

Late February by Goyo P
Late February, a photo by Goyo P on Flickr.

Evans Creek has been high lately from the rain we received last Tuesday. The creek runs through Bird Park and flows into Globe Mill Pond where it joins the River Raisin. The trail that runs along the creek to the end of the peninsula is not that long; maybe only a quarter mile? I like that it’s a short dead-end trail. It does not get as much hiker/walker/jogger traffic. To me it’s a park that is best enjoyed slowly. If you go there often you will see a variety of birds but never all at the same time. It’s almost as if the park features a new bird during every visit. I suppose it must in order to compete with its neighbor, the Tecumseh Center for the Arts who features a new show every week. On the other hand there are several species of birds that can consistently be seen there. The most “regular” sighting being the Northern Cardinal. I hear/see a lot of Carolina Wrens there. White-throated Sparrows are fairly common if you’re patient enough to wait for them to appear out from the scrubby underbrush. And then there’s everyone’s favorite bird the Black-capped Chickadee. I just heard the Belted Kingfisher the other day. They like to perch on the overhead wire near the end of the peninsula. It wont be long before the trees are dripping with warblers. I saw my first Yellow Warbler of the year in Bird Park last spring. Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter you want to take it very slow as walk the trail. Walk too fast and you will flush the waterfowl. Walk slow and you have a good chance at seeing a dabbler in one of the few places in Tecumseh that has open water year-round. Even if you don’t see any birds it’s always nice to just sit down to listen to the creek flowing by while watching the snow falling lightly on pond. Enjoy and good birding!

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