By Nealand Hill, from the OKC Audubon Society, 2007
The following, by Nealand
Hill, is excerpted
OKC Audubon Society
Arcadia Lake Page. Please visit their page their page for a complete
Arcadia Lake is located
east of I-35 in Edmond, Oklahoma. It is bounded on the north by 2nd
Street and on the south by I-44/Turner Turnpike. Parks and campgrounds
are access from 2nd and 15th Streets. Arcadia Lake is a water supply and
recreational lake, and the lake, parks and camping areas are all
fee-based ($6 per day/per car).
Birding is very good on
and around the lake during any season. In Spring and Summer you will see
large numbers of ducks, mergansers and grebes, plus a wide variety of
land birds. In Fall and Winter the Bald Eagle is the best bird to
look. Arcadia Lake sponsors an Eagle Watch on the first weekend in
January with discounted admission.
Spring Creek Park (15th
Street): Turn left at the first paved road after the admissions gate at
Spring Creek Park. This road follows the shoreline and provides a good
look at ducks, cormorant, kingfisher, grebe. Watch for Orchard and
Baltimore Orioles near the picnic areas along this road. The eastern
edge of Spring Creek Park overlooks the beach area and provides an
excellent view of Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, pelicans and
gulls. Barred Owls can be spotted late in the day.
Edmond Park (2nd Street):
This park is closed from October to April so it's worth visiting the
area in spring since the birds have not been disturbed for many months.
The shoreline at the west end of the park is excellent for viewing
Osprey, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-headed Woodpeckers, shorebirds,
ducks and geese.
Central State Park (2nd
Street): This is a great location for Painted Buntings during the summer
months. Also listen for Indigo Buntings, Field Sparrows, warblers, and
wrens. The Cottonwood Campground is a good location for many species
even during peak camping season. From the main entrance into Central
State Park, be sure to take the first left and tour the picnic pavilion
areas. Painted Buntings are commonly found along this road.
Please see the excellent
OKC Audubon Society
Arcadia Lake Page for complete details on
birding this area and the birds one may find.