Tim Carter and Beth Spirito
Members participating were 6.5. The 0.5 being our youngest family member (age 3).
It was a cool and cloudy start and continued to be on the verge of rain the whole walk.
Starting in the parking lot, waiting for members to arrive, we spotted our first birds being Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, and Blue Jays (the most popular bird of the day).
On the water we found Canada Geese, Mallards, Double-crested Cormorants, and a single parent Common Loon with their one chick. A Great Blue Heron was spotted flying away as we approached the area it was in.
Other birds spotted on our 2-mile walk included Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, Phoebe, Catbird, Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Robins, and the first of the fall season for many of us, the Dark-eyed Junco. The star bird of the day was a Swainson’s Thrush.
The total species count was 17. Always a good day to be out birding, almost no matter the weather!