May 20 Birding Walk at Rooks Memorial and Klipfel Memorial

By Nancy Leonard

Some of the group hiking at Rooks Memorial

Some of the group along the trail at James Dorian Rooks Memorial. Photo by Nancy Leonard

Thirteen of us joined local birders Joseph Youngman and Lynn Murphy for an early morning trek in the James Dorion Rooks Memorial Nature Sanctuary on May 20. Hannah, the daughter of Jim Rooks, related how her father so loved and appreciated this area. The youngest to join the group was little Fiona, at only two years old! No one would admit to being the oldest.

We were soon rewarded with the sighting of an Indigo Bunting in brilliant plumage.  The trail winds through the forest and along Garden Brook are an excellent habitat for both migrating and nesting birds.

By the end of the hike, Lynn had recorded twenty-three species heard and/or observed.  Her list included familiar birds including the White-throated Sparrow and the Black-throated Green Warbler and some less familiar, including the Canada Warbler and Swainson’s Thrush.

James Dorion Rooks Memorial

James Dorion Rooks Memorial boasts spectacular views. Photo by Charlie Eshbach

Some of the group drove up to Klipfel Memorial NS to observe the raptor migration.  Unfortunately, the black flies were thick and breakfast became a better option.

Check out the MNA Events Calendar for upcoming hikes and field trips. We hope you’ll join us at an event near you!

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