[Photo: This wetland and stream area provides habitat
for many insect-eating birds.]
Birding the Denton trails
Spring is a very active time in these woods. In the open area at the beginning of the trail, listen for Yellow-throated Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, House Wren, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged warbler, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, and Indigo Bunting. As you explore the woods you will hear, and with patience, see, several flycatchers, such as Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Least Flycatcher and Great Crested Flycatcher – the only flycatcher that nests in a cavity! Wood Thrush and Veery will both be found as you move deeper into the moist woods. Several warbler species can easily be found, such as Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Ovenbird, and Common Yellowthroat. Other birds to listen for include Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, and Chipping Sparrow. American Woodcock has been observed here as well.
During summer keep a lookout for Eastern Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, and Brown-headed Cowbird. Be sure to take inventory of the swamps and streams for Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Tree and Barn Swallow, and occasionally Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Also, if approached discreetly, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, and Mallard can be viewed feeding in the swamps. Throughout the sanctuary listen for Red-tailed Hawk and both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Turkey Vulture and Canada Goose can often be seen flying over and an occasional Killdeer will be found moving among the fields nearby.