FULL: Wild Weekday: City of Bee Cave Central Park

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Located right in the middle of the City of Bee Cave, Central Park is a surprisingly pleasant place to bird. Alongside the usual playgrounds and pavilions, park planners also left some areas in a more natural state, with small pockets of grassland and woodland with mostly native plants. Running through the park is a small, clear creek, with a nice buffer of trees, shrubs, and grasses, all of which attract a variety of birds. Of particular interest, there is an interesting patch of native Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor) in the riparian woodland area which provides nice shelter for spring migrants as well as any summer breeding birds which may have arrived. Target birds include Vermilion Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Lark Sparrow, Painted Bunting, and Scissor-tailed flycatchers. However, if we’re lucky, some possibilities also include: Purple Martin, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Western Kingbird, and migrating Broad-winged Hawks.

We will walk slowly for about 1-1 ½ miles. The path is entirely concrete, except one short optional (about 0.2 mile total) out-and-back section, which is stabilized crushed granite. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. For information about accessibility, please see description below. While high diversity or numbers are not expected, this park is a good place to get long, clear looks at birds because of the relative openness of the park. It is also a nice park to know about, especially because of its quick and easy access to birding for almost anyone.

Registration is required, and further details will be provided to registrants prior to the date of the trip. Please contact Amy Sugeno at amysugeno@gmail.com for questions. Trip is limited to 5 registrants. Registrants must adhere to Travis Audubon’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Accessibility Description: The concrete trail is estimated to typically be at least 5 feet wide. The majority of the trail is between 0%-5% grade, which is about a zero to 1:20 slope. A few places have very short sections of 5%-7% grade, and the steepest section is an 8% grade, and it is less than 10 feet long. There are at least 2 ADA-compliant car parking spots with access aisles at the trailhead lot.