Sunday, June 18, 2006
Cooper Park in Tazewell County
Prothonotary Warbler. Cooper Park was full of life on Friday. We observed the Prothonotary Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, and House Wrens that we have been seeing there. Unfortunately a large group of people came through like a heard of elephants, scaring most of the birds away. They let one of the boys in the group climb down from the boardwalk into the beaver pond with a net; he was trying to catch something, possibly one of the turtles we had seen sunbathing by the beaver den earlier. We told them they were not allowed off the boardwalk and that the area was a protected nature preserve. They were pretty testy with us, but they soon left and we continued our walk without further interuption.