We started out toward the butterfly garden and encountered, too many to count, House Wrens. They seemed to be in every shrub along the path. They popped up for us to get a good view and then bounced around back to the bottom and then up again. On our visit last year on Oct 6th, the dominant bird was the Palm Warbler. The House Wrens seemed to be as plentiful this year. All totaled there had to be well over 30 of them! We didn't have many species, but it was a superb day to rediscover the park. Our total was 28 species, but all enjoyed the trek along the Palatakaha River. We observed that the river was running at a swift pace. Coming out of the trail back to the meadow a mob of Common Grackles led us to believe that a hawk or owl was present. But upon further observation, we came to the conclusion that it was just a mob of Common Grackles, congregating. Trekking out into the meadow the surprise of the day was Eastern and Western Kingbird. The list of birds tallied are at this eBird link.
Lunch was at Oakwood BBQ and enjoyed by all who sat and reminisced the day.