Tour Stop 3: Looking into Wakodahatchee

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This is the view into the park from the top of the entrance ramp. As you proceed onto the raised boardwalk, there is a long cleared channel between the entrance berm and an extensive stand of bulrush. This clearing is commonly occupied by Common Moorhen and American Coots which feed on plants or battle noisily for territory. In the winter you might see a Sora before it darts back into the reeds. In the summer, Least Bittern frequently hunt along the edge of the bulrush. As you proceed past the channel, you will enter a thick stand of bulrush. Many native wetland birds and animals use bulrush for cover. Green Heron are commonly found hanging from bent bulrush reeds to hunt. Red Winged Blackbirds feed at the bases of the bulrush and perch at the tips. In the winter, Palm Warblers and tiny Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers fly from reed to reed. In the distance you can see the first of three gazebos that provide shelter from the sun and, in the summer, a place to hide from the "afternoon monsoon".


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