Birder's Guide

AUG 2013

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opportunity to use a scope doesn't come for an additional 1.4 mi.. Here, a small turnout at a grocery and boat dock offers a limited view of the lake. One of the lake's heron roosts may be observed off to the right. A half-mile ahead you may legally park on the right just prior to crossing a bridge that spans a very small arm of the lake. Continue west on South Lakeshore Drive for an additional 5.5 mi. to LA-169 (Greenwood Mooringsport Road), and access to the next birding site. Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park f This park is best reached as a side trip from the south lakeshore trip detailed above. Travel north on LA-169 (Greenwood Mooringsport Rd.) for about 3.5 mi. into the small community of Longwood. Here, LA-169 meets BlanchardFurrh Road, which is marked by a cau- tion light. Turn right and go east for 2.7 mi. to the entrance to Walter B. Jacobs Park located on the north (left) side of the road. This nature center, complete with exhibits, feeders, and birding trails, is always a joy to visit. In winter, the patient birder may see Blue-headed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Fox Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch. A late-spring walk along the trails may yield a glimpse of Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrush, Swainson's (rare) and Yellow-throated warblers, and Summer Tanager. Richard Fleming Park f From the entrance to Walter Jacobs Park, turn left (east) toward Blanchard and drive 1.4 mi. to North Lakeshore Drive. Turn right (south) and proceed for 1.8 mi. and turn right onto West Lakeshore Drive. From this intersection, it is 1 mi. to the Richard Fleming Park entrance on the left. The park is small enough to walk, rimmed by a 0.4-mi. loop trail. This small stopover for migrants attracts Warbling and Philadelphia (uncommon) vireos, Blue-winged, Mourning (uncommon), Magnolia, Yellow, and Black-throated Green warblers, and American Redstart. White-breasted Nuthatch is almost always found, along with Barred Owl. Winter species include Blue-headed Vireo and Orange-crowned and Yellowrumped warblers. Some of the common breeders are Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, and Yellow-throated Warbler. Be certain to walk the trail that parallels the bayou leading to the lake from the boat ramp. In many years, Winter Wren is one of the most numerous species encountered along this peninsula during the colder months. This area serves as an excellent migrant trap, as well. August 2013 | Birder's Guide to Travel 21

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