WBR explores Wild Acres Park
Written by WBR   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 23:37

As a part of Overland, Wild Bird Rehabilitation would like to share what bird life is found just down the road, in a neighborhood park.  Bryan Prather, one of our volunteers with a broad knowledge of birds and their habitat, will be going to Wild Acres Park on a regular basis, often with other volunteers to check out what's happening and throw in a few pictures to keep us updated on what's happening at Wild Acres.

Here's the first report:

Wild Acres park, located in Overland Mo., has a rich history dating back to the early 1900's. Artifact examples include a 1904 World's Fair stone bridge that is scheduled to be reconditioned in the near future. This small 25 acre MDC Park also contains many wildlife secrets that we at WBR are anxious to share. The 3 acre spring fed lake is a catalyst to encourage birds to stop by during migration and stay to nest. It is also used by waterfowl such as Mallard Ducks and Canada Geese throughout the year. The lake is not without its hazards, though, as we soon discovered.

Our first report of the new year was from Sunday Jan. 20th.  Who would've thought that a Great Horned Owl pair nests at Wild Acres? We will monitor them and provide updates of these spectacular birds and their little ones.

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Nesting activity from last season was also seen by other bird species. Nests from robins, cardinals, woodpeckers and an unknown bird were discovered in bare bushes and trees. Unfortunately, discarded fishing line was a common sight in most of the nests. Fishing line is very dangerous to both adult and young birds. Mixed foraging flocks, typical in winter, included White-breasted Nuthatches, Downy Woodpecker Dark-eyed Juncos and Tufted Titmouse.                        

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As we walked the trail, a lone Chickadee was scolding and quite persistent. We found the source of its agitation - the male Great Horned owl! While the owl stayed put, the Chickadee bounced all around in a fleeting protest; the owl paid no attention. Its sights were on the nesting tree that his mate was on. With the sun beginning to set, laroverhead toward their roost somewhere in the distance. What a wonderful sight to see that they rebounded from the devastating effects of West Nile Virus from early 2000.

As we were leaving, Canada Geese were foraging in the grass near the parking lot. One had a leg injury but flew off with the rest toward the lake. We reported it to Wildlife Hotlline and will be monitoring it as well.

Stay tuned for more updates as WBR explores Wild Acres Park.