First of all, the entrance to the park is right next to the entrance to the "detention center" (prison). Second, it has fences with barbed wire. Third, the gate as locked at 8:15 when we arrived. Fourth, it's full of soccer fields. The park ranger showed up just as we were deciding what to do, so we went in.
Boy are we glad we did. Connie and I were greeted by a perched Merlin - which is a type of falcon - on a light post above the barbed wire which separates the park from some sort of minimum security detention center. We could hear them calling out names of the "guests" over the loud speaker as I took these shots.
It was still a little foggy when we first saw the Merlin. I took a chance and got out of the car to take a few quick shots figuring that he/she would take off but it didn't. It sat there for over 15 minutes preening and looking around.
|Merlin - knock, knock|
|Merlin - preening|
We also got Swamp, Song, White-throated and White-crowned sparrows, Towhee and Junco (which are also technically sparrows) all within a 50 yard span. Not bad. Then, we found the Eagle's nest with the Eagle sitting in it! Unfortunately, it was pretty far away and all I got was this lousy photo, but it's pretty cool to see a Bald Eagle in the city!
|Bald Eagle in the nest|
Funny too, that a Bald Eagle chose a prison site to build a nest in order to be safe.