Downstream

One afternoon I grabbed my binoculars and wandered about two miles downstream from the Bend of the River. At times I felt like I was getting away from the park and people, but then I’d round a corner and find somebody hiking or camping or sunning on a rock in the creek. I happened upon another creek that empties into Lee Creek and explored upstream a ways. I was gone for two or three hours.

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Here’s a list of the birds I saw during our entire stay. I also heard, but didn’t see, a Barred Owl on two occasions in the park.

  1. Turkey Vulture
  2. Black Vulture
  3. American Robin
  4. Belted Kingfisher
  5. Carolina Chickadee
  6. Common Grackle
  7. Northern Cardinal
  8. Eastern Phoebe
  9. Tufted Titmouse
  10. Red-tailed Hawk
  11. White-breasted Nuthatch
  12. Fish Crow
  13. Carolina Wren
  14. Eastern Bluebird
  15. Blue Jay
  16. Brown Creeper
  17. Downy Woodpecker
  18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  19. American Crow
  20. Cedar Waxwing (a large flock of these hung around our campsite all week)
  21. Pileated Woodpecker
  22. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  23. Black-and-white Warbler
  24. American Goldfinch
  25. Canada Goose
  26. Eastern Towhee
  27. White-throated Sparrow
  28. Northern Flicker
  29. Louisiana Waterthrush
  30. Hermit Thrush
  31. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  32. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  33. Blue-winged Teal
  34. Bald Eagle (flying over Interstate 40 in Oklahoma)
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