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Birding on Clayton River Walk

posted Feb 2, 2019, 4:22 PM by Justin P   [ updated Feb 3, 2019, 3:56 PM ]
Saturday, we took Alex for a hike on the Clayton River Walk on the Neuse River.  This greenway is part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and East Coast Greenway.  Parking at the Sam's Branch Greenway trailhead off O'Neil Street, we followed the trail along its namesake to the confluence with Neuse River.  There is a lot of development along the trail and we spotted a red-shouldered hawk in an open area.

The Butterfly Garden is near the end, with benches and bike racks shaped like butterflies, but it was too cold for actual butterflies.  At Neuse River, the trail led upstream to a big bridge over to the river left side.

Past here was the Covered Bridge Road trailhead.  With the leaves down, we saw a number of birds along the trail.

A male cardinal was pecking in the grass.

There were a number of robins out as the weather was starting to feel like spring.

A couple of cedar waxwings were among our most exciting find.

We hiked as far as the Wake County line, where the it becomes Neuse River Trail and turned around here.