Blue Licks State Park hike
Yesterday and today we visited my wife's in-laws in NE KY. Often I take my bike, but this morning's forecast was for mid-20s and I just wasn't feeling the bike thing. Instead I took some hiking gear, and this morning while everyone soundly slept, I did my early thing and drove down to Blue Lick State Park, which is about a 25 minute drive from the house. I was able to connect a few different trails and put in about 5 miles total, and along the way I had a nice time doing some birding. I was out for 3 hours in temps right around 30F, but I managed to dress very well, and aside a little occasional headwear adjustment, I was comfy the entire time. Following are some images, as well as a list of the birdies I saw.
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|Bench I slept on a couple years ago after a bike ride|
|Northern Flicker, although it looks like a pigeon|
|Tanner Station with unfortunate graffiti of some kids who probably smoke a lot of meth. Notice the smoke.|
|Official vehicles from a group of reservists doing their weekend thing. I didn't take pics out of respect. The smoke from the "fort" is theirs.|
|In case you were wondering, this is what KY cedar scrubland looks like. Birds like it. Little brown ones I can't identify.|
|Tanner Station with backdrop of bend of Licking River, which the trail follows.|
|New trail into a more wooded area.|
|Licking River at boat ramp|
|My path took me along the River Rd. for a spell.|
|Who's that?!? He's one of 4 who poked their heads out to take a look at what the heck I was doing along the river. Their snorts were louder than expected.|
|Full body (river otter in case you weren't sure)|
|Didn't notice the dab of green along with the orange of the Fall and white of the Winter.|
|Indian Loop trail, which followed the river before headed up the hill. Loved this trail.|
|Interesting barn atop the hill across the river valley|
|E.bluebird and Juncos at parking lot|
I would say it was a Sparrow and Woodpecker day. I still have doubts about my sparrow IDs, but it's my list and my blog, so there! I had a big problem, too, in a thicket below 68 (obvious pic above) in which I saw lots of little brown or dark birds that weren't sparrows, but I couldn't really tell what they were otherwise. I assume they were vireos and warblers, but who knows? No me.
**- first sighting
Downy Woodpecker- lots!
White throated Sparrow