Underhill, from the OKC Audubon Society,
The following, by Terri
Underhill, is excerpted
OKC Audubon Society
Mitch Park Page. Please visit their page their page for a complete
Mitch is a 133-acre park
which features several play-grounds including handicap accessible
facilities, multiple use trials, basketball courts, pavilions, picnic
tables, grills, amphitheater, Multiple Activity Center and sports fields
with concession stand and restrooms. The park is located at 1501 W.
Covell (between Kelly & Sante Fe) in NW Edmond OK.
Getting to the park is
easily accessible entering Covell from either Kelly or Santa Fe. You can
take the main entrance into the park or follow the signs to the Mathis
Skate Park on the east side of Mitch and north of Cheyenne Middle
School. Both entrances are on Covell, along the south side of the park.
Personally, I prefer to park and enter at the Skate Park since I can see
and hear birds before I've even step foot on a trail.
The city of Edmond has
done a fine job landscaping with native vegetation the birds and
wildlife seem to thrive on. Throughout the park are benches and feeding
stations where you can sit and enjoy the birds. I sometimes take along
bird seed just in case the feeding stations have been depleted from the
squirrels and rabbits.
During the summer months
you most likely will have already seen numerous Mississippi Kites
soaring before you even enter the park and the first song you'll want to
listen for is the melodious song of the Painted Buntings.
The majority of the trails
are paved and a newly-opened trail bridge opened during the winter of
2005. This new bridge is a great area to observe the Louisiana
Waterthrush during the summer months.
On the east side of the
bridge and about 200' south, there's an unmarked opening in the dense
trees. This is where you can walk down to a hidden waterfall and see the
wonderful red rock our state is commonly known for.
On the south end of the
trails is a man made overlook. This is a great place for getting a birds
eye view of the trees tops from down below and even a closer look at a
variety of birds.
Please see the complete
account by Terri Underhill on the excellent
OKC Audubon Society
Mitch Park Page for more details about
birding this area and the birds one may find.