Celebrate National Trails Day at Oak Hills Park!
Join us for a guided walk on the Oak Hills Park Nature Trail
Saturday, June 1, 2019
How to create a habitat in your own yard
Bring your binoculars
Simple movements for all fitness levels
Bird Watching Trail Walk
Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 8:00am
for a quiet nature walk with local bird guide Chris Bosak. Learn to spot resident and migrating birds in the woodlands in our community.
This free guided bird walk, sponsored by the Oak Hills Park Nature Advisory Committee, begins at 8 a.m. Meet at the trail head near the parking area outside of the clubhouse/restaurant.
In case of rain/bad weather, the walk will be held the following Saturday, May 11.
Bring your field glasses or binoculars.
Chris Bosak has written his For the Birds column for various New England newspapers for nearly 20 years, and his nature photographs and writings have appeared in publications throughout the region. Visit www.birdsofnewengland.com.
Wear hiking shoes or boots with good traction as the trail is winding and steep in places. Be ready to see our community’s natural beauty!
Birdwatching Trail Walk - Update
See article below written by Chris Bosak for www.birdsofnewengland.com
A walk for the birds at Oak Hills Park
As a bit of background, Oak Hills Park is mainly a golf course and the nature trails are on land that was once targeted to be cleared for a driving range. The Nature Advisory Committee now stewards that part of the property, which is valuable for birds and other animals — and plants for that matter. Case in point, during the walk we came across a box turtle in the woods. The box turtle is one of many animal species in decline because of loss of habitat.
The walk drew a large crowd and we saw many exciting birds. The highlight for many, myself included, was a very cooperative scarlet tanager, one of the most colorful and brightest birds we see in New England during migration. The red-bodied and black-winged bird flitted around and rested at eye level not far from the gathered crowd. I also pointed out over and over the sound of the red-bellied woodpecker and I’d be disappointed if that sound wasn’t permanently ingrained into the brains of each participant. I also hope some of the birders recall the different sounds made by the American crow (harsh caw) and fish crow (nasally caw). We heard them both there.
Savanna posted the complete species list to eBird and it was a good morning of watching birds. From memory, here’s what we saw (and/or heard) on the morning of May 4: yellow warbler, black-and-white warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, ovenbird, scarlet tanager, hermit thrush, American goldfinch, American crow, fish crow, blue jay, cardinal, catbird, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, eastern phoebe, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, common grackle, American robin, white-throated sparrow and an undetermined species of vireo. I may have missed a species or two.
Clearly, the land is valuable for wildlife and thanks to those who protected the property. On Saturday, June 1, from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be another walk there in honor of Trails Day. The walk is free and open to all. For more information about the walk and park, see www.oakhillsgc.com or https://www.facebook.com/Oakhillspark/ .
Larry protects the box turtle.
Winter Trail Walk
at Oak Hills Park, Norwalk
SAT., FEB. 23, 2019 • 1:00 P.M.
Led by local arborist
Join us for a Nature Walk
With local arborist Rich Whitehead. Learn how to recognize tree species from studying bark and other indicators, when leaves are absent. And, learn about the diversity of our local wintering shrubs, plants, and wildlife.
Rich Whitehead is a licensed Connecticut arborist, chair of the Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee, and member of both the Norwalk Tree Alliance and the Connecticut Tree Protective Association.