morning hike along the river

I have never watched a group of people suddenly become so silent.

Our morning was beautiful and clear and our attention is drawn to a recent controlled burn in the Oak Savannah that will provide new growth and nutrients for the soil. I am on a birding adventure with my mom along the river parkway in Minneapolis. As we crunched along the pathway in along the woods, our ears strained to hear the calls of birds. The naturalist who hosted the hike told us to watch for both movement in the trees and on the ground and to listen for bird calls. To me, it is like learning a new language. A good way to remember these calls- is to create a description with words like brights, chirping, schrill, etc. or a phrase that has meaning to you. We found yellow finches, heard song sparrows and spotted several Cedar Waxwings.

Emily Donovan