A Bird Friendly Community Because of Habitat
The City of Tripoli is considering a project to earn “Bird Friendly Community” designation. The requirements are not terribly difficult, yet they are challenging enough that every city cannot simply fill in paperwork and earn the recognition. There is work to be done if a community wishes to hold the “Bird Friendly” title.
A key part of a “Bird Friendly Community” includes maintaining habitat suitable to host nesting avian neighbors and to refresh migrating birds as they come or go. For Tripoli, we are fortunate. The Sweet Water Trail leads along a creek of the same name to the Wapsipinicon River and Sweet Marsh. All areas consist of several types of habitat – habitat that draws some bird species like a magnet.
This morning I enjoyed watching several “long leg or long neck” species attracted to a small area of very shallow water. Regardless of what time I checked the little puddle, I found interesting species enjoying it. How such a small body of water can sustain so many individual birds is a question I cannot answer. It must have what is needed since so many birds from various species congregate at or around it.
The great blue herons were in the shallow water at the entrance to Sweet Marsh.
On the Sweet Water Trail I enjoyed the effects of habitat in another form. Wildflowers and the insects attracted to the blossoms were plentiful. Like the small body of water described earlier, the edges of the trail create habitat suitable for insects. Insects feed birds, so it is good to host the bugs too!
Following are some of the images from my walk on the Sweet Water Trail: