William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge

April 19, 1980

The Refuge headquarters was moved to the big house on the hill and was closed, so we watched the cliff swallows flying around the barn as if checking out nesting sites. While hiking along the burned over area behind the barn, we observed humming birds diving around the wild flowering current. Next we enjoyed the self guided Poison Oak Loop Trail. Lunch stop was at the Display Pond. There were no birds there. However, as we were ready to leave for the Gray Creek Trail we were delighted to see a bald eagle flying overhead. This was a memorable sight for all of us. We followed old logging roads and trails on the 3½ mile loop around the Gray Creek Swamp and along Maple Knoll (which is like a rain forest with ferns and lichen-covered trees) past the beaver pond and back to the cars. Thanks to Margaret and Mary for helping to identify the birds and wild flowers along the way. The day was cool and cloudy—we had a good time—just ideal for a first Obsidian and a first time Finley hike for most of the thirteen nonmembers: Paul and Velma Burch, Bernie Claypool, Genie Currier, Mary Forrester, Sandra Graves, Ken Harris, Betty Lenarduzzi, Doug Long, Betty Metzler, Joy and Shirley Miller, and Roger Nichols. Seven members included Flo and K.C. Kraft, Margaret Markley, Glenn Meares, Bob Papen, Ethel Steussy and leader Dot Leland.

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