Join SVC docents for a hike in the open grasslands of the preserve. Last year’s highlight was a Grasshopper Sparrow (on February 20th). We will view the large pond to look for American Widgeon, Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Teal, in addition to the lovely Red-winged Black Bird residents. We can almost guarantee nice views of Rock Wrens, Horned Larks, Savannah Sparrows, Say’s Phoebe and American Kestrel. Eagle sightings are common along with Northern Harrier and occasionally we get a Rough-legged Hawk or Ferruginous Hawk sighting. Loggerhead Shrike, Prairie Falcon or Peregrine Falcon and even coyotes are possibilities too. We strive for good looks at the birds for all participants.
We will meet at Eagle Camp Corral at 6:45am. Promptly at 7am we will carpool in higher clearance vehicles from the corral to the uplands, birding en route. This is a cross country trek, in usually wet grass with shallow rivulet crossings. Mute toned clothing please and no stark white. Bring your binoculars and scope. Docents will have at least one scope for the group. Bring water and a snack.
This is a Great Backyard Bird Count 2017 activity. In the case of cancelation due to weather, our rain date is Saturday, February 25th.