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At a little after 8:00 on an initially cool but very pleasant last Wednesday in June, twenty avian enthusiasts began flocking together in the parking lot off 16th Avenue. The group photo taken at the kiosk depicts the happy faces of Gerhard, Mike, Aussie Nance, Ken & Anne, Liz S, newbies Syd, Valentina and Art, WR Al, Roger Two, Langley Ralph, Johnny Mac, Marion S, Glen B, Marty A, Chris M, Terry C and Tom, while picture taker Roger One is missing. After the customary hellos and my expected, habitual expositive babble about the outing location which, to my surprise, most paid attention to, the troop marched off toward the eastern section of the Little River Loop in anticipation of finding many of the 174 avian species and 44 types of mammals on record for the area.
Immediately upon entering the forest, the calls and songs of several Swainson’s Thrushes, a Towhee, both kinds of Chickadees and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher or two were audible to most. However, because of the exuberant greenery along all of the wooded trails in the park, it was difficult to spot, not to mention photograph, the sources of the chirps and tweets. That became a bit easier on the boardwalk across the wetland and beyond where Song Sparrows, Juncos and a Willow Flycatcher were sighted, and a Western Wood-Pewee was heard. Douglas Squirrels and a Townsend’s Chipmunk were munching on handouts along the route, and several Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees and a Nuthatch snatched tasty morsels from outstretched hands. Snapshots of a Bewick’s Wren, a Brown Creeper and a Nuthatch were also taken.
Near and on the Listening Bridge, both male and female Black-headed Grosbeaks posed for great pictures, and also seen and photographed were an Orange-crowned as well as a Yellow Warbler. After a brief rest stop for the old folks among us, we connected with the narrow Vine Maple Trail where again several species such as Bewick’s and Pacific Wrens, Purple Finches and a Wood-Pewee were heard, but only an Anna’s Hummer was sighted.
Everyone appreciated the blooming bushes and wildflowers along the path including the blossoms of the European Bittersweet which, Roger One once again insisted, would turn soon into delectable fruit. As well, those in the group with good vision rediscovered that saw left behind by a logger long ago and now embedded in the double trunk of an Oregon Maple. Shortly after gazing at another feature in the forest, an impressive Sitka Spruce, Aussie Nance demonstrated how one easily could fall through the cracks in the boardwalk.
Because we got back to the parking lot early, it was decided to motor to the south entrance to visit with the invasive critters, the Red-eared Turtles and the Bullfrogs, in the ponds at the park’s Nature House. While only one frog was sighted, and all the turtles appeared to be hiding, the educational displays in the building and the surrounding butterfly garden made the side trip worthwhile. Although only about two dozen avian species were observed or heard, everyone had to agree that it was another fabulous DNCB sortie. After all, the weather had been very pleasant, the trees, bushes and groundcover were in their finest green, and the scenery was great.
Next Wednesday, July 5, our outing will be to Surrey Bend Regional Park and Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey. Leaving Petra’s at 7:30 am, we should be at the 104 Ave parking lot entrance around 8:10 am.