Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sylvan Lake State Park Birding

This morning my wife and I got up early and headed to Sylvan Lake State Park about 30 minutes west of where we are staying. It was very cloudy and foggy as we drove west, but it started to clear a little as we arrived at the park. Our first new bird of the day was a Townsend's Solitaire on the drive into the park. We stopped at the Visitor's Center to pick up a map and a checklist of the birds of the park.

Sylvan Lake State Park Visitor Center

Next, we headed to the lake. There is a fantastic trail that goes all the way around the lake. Shortly after we started out hike, an Osprey flew over and then a few minutes later, a Bald Eagle landed in a tree across the lake. The highlight of our hike was my lifer Williamson's Sapsucker! I was not expecting this bird at all but was very glad to see it in my binoculars when I was finally saw it through the pine trees.

The drive to Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake State Park

At the very end of our hike, we came upon a bridge over a rushing creek. I immediately noticed an American Dipper that was close enough for some photographs. Below are 2 of my favorites. After taking these pictures, I dropped part of my camera in the creek but was able to fish it out just before it was lost forever!

American Dipper

American Dipper

-Rob

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! Dippers are such neat birds.

Amy K