LCC Woods (Bird Walk)

May 3, 1987

“In Just-spring,” e e cummings wrote in a poem, “the world is mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful.” So we found the world behind the LCC campus as five of us embarked on a bird walk. But though the ground was soft, the sky was bright and blue, laced with white, innocent clouds. There was no threat of rain, so we concentrated fully on keeping our footing on the slippery, trail bike-chewed up path, and listening and learning bird songs. My intent on this trip, as last year, was to acquaint hikers with some of the birds frequently encountered on Obsidian hikes. Whether this aim was accomplished or not, we all had a good time. We enjoyed a pleasant three-mile walk and heard Black-headed Grosbeaks and Black-throated Gray Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers and Rufous-sided Towhees. MacGillivray’s Warblers, Lazuli Buntings, Bewick’s Wrens, and Song Sparrows sang expressively. At the LCC ponds after the walk, we watched Ruddy Ducks and Turkey Vultures. A hen Mallard shepherded her ducklings along the pond’s edge. Red-winged Blackbirds sang and displayed from the shoreline willows. A Rough-skinned Newt found on the road and rescued and four deer ambling across the roadway as we drove away were nice endings to an enjoyable morning. On this trip were Anne Hazard, Ruth Romoser, Frank and Ruth Sumich, and leader George Jobanek.

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