So, a nonbiking outing, can you believe it? Time to break in the hiking shoes. On Sunday, my sister came over so we could go birdwatching at the nature preserve we stumbled on that is near our house.
It was kinda early – around 7 am. Eeek! That is a good time to go out to see birds, though. Actually earlier probably would have been better, but I have my limits. John actually came along as well. At first he said “I am going to stay and sleep”, but then after I was up he ended up changing his mind 😀
This preserve is only 1.5 miles from our house.
It’s much bigger than we expected. I thought it was mostly the grassy area, but it went into the woods as well with clearly marked trails.
We passed by this stand of trees and could hear a ton of different birds. My sister is quite good at identifying birds by song and sight, so really helpful to have her along to tell us what something is 🙂
Then we armed up with bug spray before heading into the woods. Mosquitos were out!
There was a map showing the trails. This was what suprised me about this place.
It really sits right next to a golf course and a housing development. But this is a nice slice of nature that will remain forever wild.
I saw my first Jack in the pulpit in real life!
My wildflower ID skills aren’t very good. I need to get a guidebook or something.
Anyway, we went around to the perimeter. The problem with birding at this time of year is that you can hear the birds in the trees, but the leaves block the view 😀 My sister is staring up into the tops of the trees trying to find the birds.
It was really a beautiful day. It started cool, but then got really nice.
We stopped at a river’s edge and there we saw birds that could be identified.
We saw the Common Yellowthroat. A pair of them flitting around.
That was a new bird for me! We also saw the usual suspects of cardinals, red wing blackbirds, blue jay, etc.
This is defintely a place we will come to again to explore. It will be nice on a hot summer day to escape into the wooded area and explore more.
Well marked paths and some signs around with information. Just a cute place. We probably did a couple miles of walking. After this, we went out for bagels and coffee, which I forgot to take a picture of. Oopsie. It was good to have sister time and to do something different than the usual ride! I guess this counts as a hike, right?