BIRDING on the GATEWAY BROWN'S CREEK TRAIL
As the trail passes through the countryside of Washington County it passes through woods, open fields, and areas of lakes and wetlands with active bird life especially in the spring. With the Mississipi River flyway (see Wikipedia article) close to us migratory birds on their thousands of miles journeys can also be seen as they pass through.
GBCTA promotes several bird watching guided tours in the spring and fall. These are listed on our events page and have local and DNR experts acting as guides. They are typically free and a pair of binoculars are helpful but not required. See the events page
A group lead by Dennis Lindeke (current GBCTA President) maintains a network of 16 bluebird houses along the trail . They have had particular success over the years and have hatched almost 250 birds over the last 5 years. In some seasons 2 hatchings are common for each house . All are welcome to join the bluebird house group.
There is an ongoing list of documented sightings along the trail during the GBCTA group walks. The total is 106 species as of February 2019 . The list is here . See the events page for more birdwalk opportunities