We took advantage of a bright spot in the weather yesterday afternoon to walk and bird at Wallace Marine Park. This time of year it is all about waiting and taking advantage of the best weather of the day to get out for some exercise. I also like to have our excursions close by. Currently I am really hot on Wallace Marine Park as our favorite destination. It is close, we can be there in a few minutes, and its riverside and woodsy areas belie its proximity to the city. Yesterday we had a graphic example of its apparent remoteness when we spotted this young spike Black-tailed deer.
There is enough openness with softball and soccer fields to provide opportunities for raptors. We saw several soring Red-tail Hawks and this resting juvenile Coopers Hawk who obviously had its eye on us.
Plenty of brush and brambles provide cover for little songbirds, and this is where we found this Bewick’s Wren, along with Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets.
In all we identified 21 different species of birds in our 2 mile 2 hour outing.