Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Marianne Williams Park and Julia Davis Park

In mid-May, we had a couple of short work night trips to parks in town. We spent one evening in Marianne Williams Park, which is a new park that just opened up just east of the Parkcenter bridge near Bown Crossing.

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Entrance to Marianne Williams Park, Ada County. May 16, 2013.

For the most part we only found the locals, but it was still fun to enjoy such a natural feeling place right in town. It’s always good to remember not to take the regulars for granted. We enjoyed the first Black-capped Chickadee we had seen in a surprising long time, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks, and a Spotted Sandpiper, to name just a few. We actually saw 27 species in total, in just over an hour.

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Black-capped Chickadee at Marianne Williams Park, Ada County. May 16, 2013.

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Red-tailed Hawks at Marianne Williams Park, Ada County. May 16, 2013.

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Spotted Sandpiper at Marianne Williams Park, Ada County. May 16, 2013.

The next day while running errands, we spotted something large and white hanging out with the usual ducks and geese on the pond at Julia Davis Park, and had to pull in and check it out. It turned out to be a Snow Goose, hanging out surprisingly late into the year. Most Snow Geese are finished moving through this area by early April.

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Snow Goose at Julia Davis Park, Ada County. May 17, 2013.

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