Today I had the privilege of being shown around the Irving Nature Park by Gilbert Bouchard. I am in Brown’s Flat for the weekend so he invited me to meet him early this morning. After over 3 hours of walking/driving around the park and going up by his house, we saw and heard 53 different species. Gilbert has knows numerous species by ear and since he lives so close to the park, he knew exactly where to find many birds that I had yet to see. He helped me add ten new birds to my life list! Northern Mockingbird (pictured), Swainson’s Thrush (pictured), Winter Wren, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Nelson’s Sparrow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Nashville Warbler, Black Scoter, and Lesser Scaup.