Scenic Park With Multiple Habitats
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Located at the base of the Palmyra Bridge, the Palmyra Cove Nature Park has been transformed into a natural history destination. The main trails are wide and level, and there are several habitats to see: successional forest, weedy fields, ponds, and river. Bird life is around and visible at all times of year (bird lists are available). The center has excellent interpretive displays, and naturalist-led walks are regularly scheduled. Don't miss the peregrine falcon nesting box on the bridge, and the vistor center monitors that show activity inside the nest. The birds are present for most of the year.
In the winter, look under the honeysuckle canopies for wintering Saw-whet Owls. Red-shouldered Hawks are commonly observed along the wooded edges. Look for waterfowl on the river, including Great and Double-crested Cormorants, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, and others. Yellow-rumped Warblers spend winter in the reed beds. The usual winter birds such as Dark-eyed Juncos and White-throated Sparrows forage in the honeysuckle thickets. There is a good chance of seeing a Bald Eagle.
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