A William O'Brien birding report

Diana Doyle of St. Paul biked and hiked the William O'Brien State Park last week a bit before sunrise to late morning where she reports seeing 68 species of birds.

            The highlights for me were: a beautiful blue-winged warbler male singing behind the visitor's center, a Wilson's snipe perched on the top of a tree snag, hearing the red-shouldered hawk calling in the woods, listening to the alder flycatchers with their call that folks remember as "free beer!", and biking by a bald eagle at a huge stacked aerie that must have been 10' deep.

            “It was a gorgeous morning with the sun rising and early morning fog along the wetland areas,” said Doyle. “A lot of fun and experiences for a few hours of hiking and biking in the early morning.”




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