Both shorebirds and field birds can be found on the Nature Trail. Many are year round residents such as the Osprey, Blue Heron, Cardinal, and Mockingbird, however, the variety increases greatly during Spring and Fall migrations. While on The Way, you are almost always guaranteed to hear a symphony of bird songs surrounding you. Actually spotting the birds, however, can be a challenge because the Nature Trail is dense with vegetation (which provides an ideal habitat and protection from predators). But, if you are patient, the reward can be great!
Here are a few tips to help find your favorite birds in this wild landscape:
Birds are the most active in the early morning, so be outdoors by dawn, if possible. You will see different birds depending on the season, so consider how migration will affect your adventure.
Get the gear. For birders, this means simply, binoculars. Optimal magnification is between 7x and 10x, and the larger the objective lens, the sharper the image and the larger the field of view.
Avoid wearing any brightly colored clothing. Dress in natural colors, like light browns or pale greens. You can also hide behind trees and bushes to be less conspicuous. Also try to avoid wearing scented deodorants and perfumes.
Birding is the ideal activity for those seeking the peaceful quiet of the outdoors. Keeping silent allows you to get closer and also allows you to hear calls which can help locate and identify birds.
Move very slowly, avoiding sudden movements or noise that may frighten birds away. If the bird spies you, remain silent and still and do not stare back. Do not approach birds directly, especially during summer and spring mating times, and steer clear of nests. (The Wilderness Society).
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary. Isaiah 40:31
Click on link above to visit eBird.org to view or submit sightings of birds seen on The Way.