The Saturday, March 5th field trip to Turkey Creek was attended by twenty-plus people who enjoyed the morning walking the road along the rapidly flowing creek. Before the walk started, we gathered in the museum and heard a short history of the Nature Preserve by manager Charles Yeager. I’ve heard it before but its history and beauty are amazing, and so much has happened to get the land back to its pristine state.
The morning started out crisp and cool but soon warmed. Waiting for us as we approached the gate was a young Barred Owl, sitting on a tree branch close to the road. What a photo opportunity! Even with all the people the owl just sat there, half-asleep but looking around. We could have all gone home at that point because it was the bird of the day. We did go on to see a few more birds, with good views of both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and elusive views of a Sapsucker, which was always landing on the back side of a branch. We had fleeting views of Pileated and Downy Woodpeckers as well. Let us not forget the creek: it is beautiful! With little rapids to a wonderful turbulent waterfall, there is nothing like the sound of rushing water. Old friends were seen and new friends were made with such a nice group of people.
Many thanks to Charles for being with us!
My joy is birding, Susan Barrow