On Monday I biked from the Providence train station to Bristol center with my dad and that was approximately 17 miles. After more than a week with not a whole lot of exercise it was tough at the end to say the least. Tuesday I biked more than five miles and again on Wednesday. So today I am taking a break. Comparatively, biking 17 miles is nothing, but since I've only biked a few times in the last months I need to take it slowly.
Colt State Park, near the southern end of the trail in Bristol is an amazing spot with a great diversity of habitat. When I went a couple days ago I easily counted 40 species of birds. The park is centered around a large tidal marsh with open mowed lawns and lots of coastal thicket. The marsh holds a pair of Osprey and their nest. The back of the park is woods, some wet, and most of it sparse and scrubby. Veerys like the wetter and denser parts and Eastern Towhees, Common Yellowthroats, and House Wrens fill the scrub while American Redstarts like it in between. I don't think I've been to an area before this with a greater density of House Wrens. Everywhere you look there are breeding pairs and there is hardly a spot where you can't hear one singing. Yellow Warblers and Gray Catbirds fill the whole park, seemingly with no preference for habitat. I also saw Hairy Woodpeckers, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, and heard a Prairie Warbler.
An early morning ride along the bike trail teemed with wildlife. Eastern Cottontails were on every open stretch and a Groundhog showed no fear of me as I slowly biked within a few feet of it. Several Willow Flycatchers sang along with a pair of Northern Mockingbirds with young. These joined the insanely plentiful common scrub birds such as catbirds, yellow warblers and yellowthroats, cardinals, and song sparrows.