[Photo: A portion of the paved Spring Run Trail]
Birding Spring Run Trail
Located within the city boundaries, this is a popular trail for walkers (with and without dogs), runners, and the occasional biker. Its accessibility, as well as the combination of upland and wetland habitats makes it a good spot to bird year-round. Birds that would be expected here on nearly every walk would include Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Northern Cardinal.
With the arrival of spring begin looking for the return of Great Blue Herons in the backwaters at the beginning of the trail or in the marsh at the boardwalk near the end of the trail. In the forest, the year-round woodpeckers, including the Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy and Pileated may be joined by Northern Flicker and the occasional Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Eastern Phoebe will be heard calling their name, as will their family member, the Eastern Wood-Pewee. As you walk along the boardwalk, the Red-winged Blackbirds, which have been observed here every month of the year, will be increasing in numbers as they are joined by Common Grackles. Yellow Warbler and Common Yellowthroat also return with spring and remain common throughout the summer.