Although we haven't seen the variety of birds that we have in spring or fall, there is plenty to see during the winter months in Mead Botanical Garden if you take some time to look.
Our winter residents include flocks of yellow-rumped and palm warblers, especially down in the wetland area. We've seen robins, goldfinches, wrens and catbirds.
While on the boardwalk, keep an eye out for the hermit thrush. In the creek by the cement bridge, there have been several wood ducks. They are shy and usually keep hidden back in the bushes, but are worth the effort to spot them. Other water birds can be seen along the creek and in the pond.
The barred owl is back on her perch. Hawks are active, and you might even see an eagle or two soaring over head. And if you're lucky, you might catch the otter family playing along the shore of the pond.
So grab your binoculars, come on out and enjoy the wildlife that calls Mead Garden home!