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Parks & Lakes
June 22, 2023
Picture This: Birding at the Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary
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A Short Hike Through a Bustling Forest

Recently we visited the Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary in Dallas. The property is owned and maintained by the North Branch Land Trust and contains a 0.6-mile loop through 17 acres of forested land. But don’t be fooled, this short hike certainly packs a punch for its size. 

We pulled in past the stone pillars and sanctuary signage and parked the Jeep near the old wishing well. Almost immediately, the forest awoke and the air was filled with a variety of bird calls. Song sparrows, northern cardinals, and tufted titmice were some of the first calls we heard.  Eventually, pine warblers, vireos and common yellowthroats joined in the chorus creating a beautifully unique symphony of migratory and non-migratory songs. 

Of course, birds weren’t the only wildlife we encountered. Squirrels and chipmunks were abundant throughout the hike and were not shy about posing for the camera. We even had a chance to spot a fox before he disappeared behind an old stone wall. The trails were well marked, and the fresh smell of spring flowers added to the whole experience of our visit.

We really enjoyed our time at the Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary. And, of course, we brought the camera along for the ride. Check it out!