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Bird Watching

The abundance of birds in Quarry Hill park provides a theater of color (with surround sound!) for novice and expert birders alike. The varied habitat, water sources, shelter and abundance of food make Quarry Hill a year round home for many species and a popular stop over for migratory birds.

Things to Note

  • Binoculars & bird guides are available for checkout.
  • Look for Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in May.
  • Check out the 16 feeders around the building; Quarry Hill feeds the birds every day, year round.
  • Get a heads up on recent bird sighting’s by checking the phenology board in the Nature Center before heading outdoors.
  • Zumbro Valley Audubon Society holds a monthly guided bird walk the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 am.

Pro Tips

  • Move slowly, be patient.
  • Use good binoculars – 8 X 42 magnification is recommended.
  • Black-capped Chickadees are tolerant of people and will let you get close.
  • Make a psishing sound to get birds to come in closer.
  • Look with the sun behind you to get better view of color.
  • Pick up a bird checklist at the nature center – some birders keep a ‘life list’.

 
There are 10 bluebird houses that are monitored in the park. They can be seen in open meadow areas.