Our school schedule is light this week, so we took advantage of a little less school work to head out for an afternoon stroll. I chose the Brightwater Center because I hadn’t been on many of the trails yet, and we wanted something easy and close to home. I had to bribe my kids with a promise of cocoa – real cocoa! from a coffee shop! – to get them interested in walking in the rain.
I enjoyed these trails today, though the birding was quieter in the cold rain than I hoped for.
I imagine the shrubs and wetlands will be very active with birds come spring. As it was, none of the paths are difficult, even for young children.
The paths are hard-packed gravel so footing is secure, and there’s only a bit of mud in places. Kids will enjoy climbing in a spiral to the top of the hill, and looking out over the top of the wastewater treatment plant.
We saw normal winter birds such as juncos and towhees, but also delighted in a flock of golden-crowned kinglets, a heron that we spooked in the wetland, and some hooded mergansers in the lower pond.
We ended our walk with a visit to the Visitor Center, where I made the kids find one thing to tell me that they didn’t already know. Always gotta be learning!