When I arrived here on a President's Day Monday, I was the second car in the lot. I had the whole 340 acres practically all to myself. The main trail, a wide gravel path, takes a straight shot down from the upland lot directly across the floodplain meadow to the Snohomish River. I veered left on a path leading to Shadow Lake, one of two oxbow lakes within the park. Returning back to the main trail, looking right to the other smaller oxbow lake, Robins Pond, I spotted a male Common Merganser, a beautiful duck, almost all white, with a dark green head and bright red bill that I often see on swift moving rivers, not quiet ponds. Duly noted and a new one to my GBBC list.
Where the main trail encounters the river, the trail divides in two opposite directions, a lesser used trail following the levee upriver and the other more heavily used following the levee downriver. I followed the lesser trail for a short way then doubled back and took the trail leading downriver.
All in all a nice day. I added a few more birds to my GBBC list, no Trumpeter Swans, but I did hold on to my third place Snohomish County bird count in the end.
The main trail
Map of Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve