Caesar Creek State Park
It came as quite a shock when the rains finally ended and the sun shone brightly yesterday afternoon. With no chances to go birding for the next several days, yesterday was going to be my last chance to get in a little exploring and birding till after Christmas.
That’s right, you heard correctly, exploring. My oldest son David joined me as we set off for Caesar Creek again for a late afternoon of exploration, with a little birding on the side. Let me explain a little further what I mean. Just the other day I downloaded Google Earth to my desk top computer. I’m going to use this handy tool to assist me in mapping the best locations to view birds around the lake, and with over 40 miles of shoreline there will be a lot of ground to cover.
According to Murphy’s Law for birding, the best birds are always on the opposite side of the lake from you. So to level the playing field a little, I figured if I knew of a place that I can get to on the other side of the lake, then I should have an increased chance of getting better views of the bird I’m chasing. And these locations I’m highlighting on Google earth can be saved to my computer so I can share these hot spots with my readers.
So yesterday I added 2 more hot spots that provide excellent views of the lake. One in particular was quite awesome. Most of these viewing hot spots can be easily driven to, however there are a couple that requires some physical effort to reach. But sometimes the rewards are worth it.
So yesterday David and myself went to the Furnas Shores area of the park. This area is on the western side of the lake and has to imposing features. 2 really large dams. Before the lake was built this area was probably in a low lying location to begin with. So if the lake were to rise because of excess water from spring rains for instance, these neighborhoods wouldn’t get washed away. And they’re highly visible from all over the lake because of their height.
As the sun sets casting our long shadows over the dam, David and I stop so I can take a picture of this imposing man-made structure. We’re looking back towards the bird-mobile which is about a 1/2 mile away back along the top of the dam. Or maybe I should call it a flood wall. It basically serves the same purpose as the flood walls that border the Ohio River in both Newport and Covington.
This is the spectacular view from the top of the flood wall. This is also where we climbed down to the lake. It wasn’t very difficult, you just had to watch your footing as you walked upon stones about the size of baseballs and softballs.
Now comes the cool part. By using Google Earth and zooming into this part of the lake, I was able to save that image and with the added feature of a yellow pin you can place to show where we were down by the lake.
Notable birds for the day include:
- Northern Cardinal
- Carolina Chickadee
- American Crow
- Blue Jay
- Mourning Dove
- Ring-billed Gull
- American Coot
- Greater Scaup
- Northern Pintail
- American black Duck
- Canada Goose