Mariton: Tuesday Nature Walks Are Back

October 8, 2018

by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager.  Photo by Carole Mebus.

Cooper’s Hawk

Our Tuesday Nature Walks have started and will continue through on October. Before we even got on the trail, we saw this Cooper’s Hawk.  At first we could only see its back and thought it might be a Red-tailed hawk because of its size and  some white markings on it back.  When it turned around my mistake was obvious.  It was pretty big, so we assume it was a female.  Once we got on the trail, we saw the remains of a Tufted Titmouse, which could explain why it didn’t want to leave the area.

Some of the other birds that we saw on the walk included Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, and a Scarlet Tanagers.

The different goldenrods were all just a vibrant yellow. They will fade as the fall progresses, but on this Tuesday they were shining brightly.   The Tupelo trees are just beginning to change color.