Copperton Park is a lush tree covered park in the middle of tiny Copperton. The park is lined with large deciduous and coniferous trees, as well as a number of smaller trees as well. The southern edge of the park has a playground, basketball courts, and tennis courts. The rest of the park is open spaces, but dominated by the large old trees here. A walking path loops through the park, while sidewalk surrounds it. There are neighborhoods on 3 sides while a ravine is to the south. In an otherwise obscure town the park is a very interesting habitat.
Copperton Park is one of those places where if more birders went, the list for the area would be a lot bigger. It absolutely would act as a migrant trap in the spring and fall, while it has great winter habitat for mountain species. The summer months are likely slower, but most of the year there is some decent birding here. The only issue is that it is just out of the way on the west side of the valley set back in a tiny town. Winter visits to the park have the potential to turn up some good birds. Both GREAT HORNED and BARN OWL have been found roosting here in the thick tree cover, while RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, HAIRY & DOWNY WOODPECKER, and NORTHERN FLICKER have all been reported. MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, CASSIN'S FINCH, and PINE SISKIN have all been observed here. During migration it's no surprise that WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, WESTERN TANAGER, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK have been found. COMMON NIGHTHAWK have been reported in mid-summer as a bonus. This park absolutely is underbirded and potentially is a super hot spot during migration. It would be very interesting to see what really passes through in May and September.
From the intersection of Bacchus Highway and New Bingham Highway, take New Bingham Highway 1.9 miles west into Copperton. Turn left onto Apex Road and go .2 miles. The road turns 90 degrees right here and becomes Hillcrest Street. Go .2 miles till you reach the parking lot on your left.