Brown Thrasher photo by Dennis Malueg
Brown Thasher. Photo by Dennis Malueg.
Birding Trail #8 The Green Circle Birding Trail:
Brickyard Trail

Length: 1.1 miles
Crushed granite, some sidewalk
Zenoff Park (west), Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center (east)

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The Brickyard Trail is a short segment of the Green Circle that can be accessed from Zenoff Park at the southeast corner of the parking lot. The trail traverses both woodland and wetland sites. white pine and jack pine are the dominant conifers intermixed with quaking aspen and white birch. Red oak and white oak are scattered in the understory. Several small shrub type wetlands and a narrow creek can be seen along segments of the trail. Birders should plan to spend at least 1 hour walking or 1.5 hours snowshoeing (round trip) this attractive trail.

Scattered throughout the woodland are many dead snag trees that provide feeding sites for Hairy, Downy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Large cavity excavations are indicative of Pileated Woodpecker presence. White-breasted Nuthatches can be seen in the hardwood areas as well as occasional Red-breasted Nuthatches in spring and fall. During spring and fall migrations (May and September) one may find a host of warblers traveling through the tree tops while Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, and Common Yellowthroats can be found in or near the wetter sites. Winter is a time to spot woodpeckers, Dark-eyed Juncos, Black-capped Chickadees, and occasional Purple Finches and House Finches. In spring watch for Wood Ducks and Mallards on the creek and Wild Turkeys anywhere along the trail.

The Green Circle Birding Trail is sponsored by The Aldo Leopold Audubon Society (ALAS)

The Aldo Leopold Audubon Society