It was not too hard to spend about 2 hours in Heather Farm Park today, having left the house about 7:30. Tracy Farrington was already there on the west side and we checked the riparian area south of the equestrian rings. After we split I heard a Wilson's Warbler singing continually near the gravel boat ramp, but never saw it. I did find a Warbling Vireo, though. After continued searching that corner from the boat ramp and the walkway, I also had Audubon's Warbler and a Townsend's Warbler.
Kevin Hintsa and his friend, Hank, arrived at the wooden railing and came around to where I was. Kevin found us a Vaux's Swift over the large, mostly natural pond. Though I did not see the Cliff Swallow, it was a 5-swallow day for Kevin. Lots of Rough-winged and some Violet-green, Tree and Barn Swallows, too.
The Green Heron called at one point, but we never saw it.
The Canada Geese had three new yellow goslings at the concrete pond, but I failed to see the little female Common Goldeneye.
An earlier visitor had a river otter in the big pond. Tracy and I had a Wild Turkey at the equestrian rings, as well as Western Bluebird.
A handful of White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows were still present.
Kevin told me where to see the White-throated Sparrow downtown in Civic Park. It is near the railroad bridge, now for bikes and pedestrians, in a circular area with benches and a green trash bin. I shall have to pay a visit.
Hugh B. Harvey