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Here are Five Good Places to Look for Migrant Birds in The Parklands of Floyds Fork. They are by no means the only such spots (not enough history out at Broad Run yet to point to any one location), but they are all easy to get to and should yield a nice variety of birds over the next three or four weeks.
Beckley Creek Park - Humana Grand Allee wetlands and nearby. This spot offers a good diversity of habitats and attracts relative rarities such as Marsh Wren (mostly in the fall, though), Sora, and on one memorable late April day two years ago, a very elusive American Bittern. If the nearby fields have standing water, they often attract migrating shorebirds. Directions
Beckley Creek Park – Black Willow Trail west of the Sara and W.L. Lyons Brown Bridge. The bend in Floyds Fork at the south end of the Grand Alee seems to draw flocks of both resident and migrant warblers, mixed with other songbirds. Directions
Turkey Run Park – Sky Dome area. Another spot with good habitat diversity. Look for migrating sparrows, warblers and thrushes. Marsh Wrens (again, mostly in the fall) and Soras have been seen at Duck Pond in the Bullfrog Crossing area. The Sky Dome overlook is a great place from which to scan the skies for migrating hawks. Directions
Pope Lick Park – the “old road” area. The abandoned stretch of road that runs parallel to Floyds Fork east of the soccer fields lies between big sycamores and other large trees in the riparian corridor and mixed shrubby woods and a few grassy areas. As with the other top spots, diverse habitat makes for diverse birds. Rarities found here have included Black-billed Cuckoo and Mourning Warbler. Directions to John Floyd FieldsMourning Warbler - The Cornell Lab of Ornithology