[Photo: The observation deck is handicapped accessible]
By mid-April, Wood Ducks, Mallards, American Black Ducks, Canada Geese, Belted Kingfishers, Song Sparrows, Great Blue Herons, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers will have returned. Migrating waterfowl use the pond and wetland – Pied-billed Grebe, American Wigeon, Common Goldeneye, Common and Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, both Blue and Green-Winged Teal, and Northern Pintail are some of the species seen in early spring.
Spring heralds the return of thrushes and warblers. Veery, Hermit Thrush and Wood Thrush have all been found here; warblers include American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black-and-White, and Black-throated Green, in addition to the ubiquitous Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat and Yellow warblers. Listen and watch for Northern Waterthrush in the flooded areas near the start of the nature trail and for Spotted Sandpiper along the stream. Great Blue Herons are a sure bet; Green Herons are often observed and Ospreys have been seen perched in snags along the edges of the pond. A quiet canoe paddle will make finding Virginia Rail and Sora easier; both have been discovered here. Also inhabiting the marshy areas are Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, and Common Moorhen.