Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Two Rivers Park Bridge (also known as the “Little” Dam Bridge) at the start of the walking trail located at 4468 River Mountain Road at the southeast end of the Two Rivers Park peninsula. Exit west off I-430 onto Cantrell Rd. At the first stop light, turn right (north) onto River Mountain Road. Go to the bottom of the hill then bear right to the main parking lot. GPS coordinates are 34.797931, -92.384704.
We’ll scope the river from the parking lot and bridge, then walk the paved trail as far as people wish to go. You can turn around at any point and head back to your vehicle. After returning to our cars, we’ll drive to the west entrance into Two Rivers Park and walk the big field and horse trail. Both areas have a diverse population of sparrows and provides a great opportunity to work on identifying those “little brown birds”. Knee-high rubber boots are recommend for the big field because of the copious sand burrs. Bring water, snacks, and your scope if you have one. We should finish around noon. If any rare loons have been reported, birders can continue on to Lake Maumelle. Loons, mergansers, ducks, and grebes are easily found on the lake this time of year.
If you can’t join the field trip, participate in the GBBC by counting the birds in your own backyard and submitting your sightings to the GBBC website at www.birdcount.org.