Return to park Drive and check out the pond near the park manager’s home (to the right). Spotted Sandpipers are possible and there is a new Wood Duck house on the pond. The trees near the manager’s house often hold Chipping Sparrow, House Finch and Blue Grosbeak.
Park in the main parking lot and walk the elevated trail above and to the left of the big soccer field. Eastern Bluebirds, Killdeer, Common Grackles and Song Sparrows should be on the grass or perched on the soccer goals. Field Sparrows, Eastern Phoebes, Northern Mockingbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and American Robins are common. Look for Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron and Green heron near the drainage ditches and along the creek. Purple martins, Rough-winged Swallows and Barn Swallows nest, and Tree Swallows are common in the spring.
The elevated trail ends at a fence bordering an agricultural field. The brushy areas often hold Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow and American Goldfinch. Check the tops of the big Leyland Cypress trees for singing Orchard Orioles. This corner of the park is the best location for Blue Grosbeaks, which often respond to a recording of their song. Please be gentle with song playback, as these birds are on territory and easily irritated. If time permits, wander the paved trails that border Sugar Creek, looking for Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, White-eyed Vireo and Acadian Flycatcher.