Follow US 75 north from Bartlesville and SH 10 west past Copan Lake to
Hulah Dam Overlook. From Pawhuska follow SH 99 north; turn east on SH 10
and continue to the dam. During fall, winter, and early spring, fourteen
species of birds of prey may be found at the dam site or on the high
prairies, some of common occurrence, others classified as uncommon to
In the common category are Red-tailed and Rough-legged hawks; Northern
Harrier, and American Kestrel. The less common are Ferruginous Hawk;
Prairie Falcon, Merlin; Sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks; Osprey, a rare
Goshawk, Bald Eagle in deep winter, and, rarely, Golden Eagle. During
this period there are numerous waterfowl and waterbirds. Rare are
Oldsquaw, Black Duck, and Red-breasted and Hooded mergansers. Common
Loons and Eared, Horned and Western grebes are sometimes seen. The
common gulls include Ring-billed, Franklin's, and Bonaparte's. Herring
Gulls are found occasionally. Black and Forster's terns are common
during early fall and late spring migration. Caspian and Least terns are
Numerous shorebirds come to the mud-bar edges of the lake during
migration. Included are yellowlegs, dowitchers, snipe; Pectoral,
Spotted, Solitary, and Stilt sandpipers, and small peeps. Less common
are Willets, American Avocets and Sandhill Cranes (rare).
Prairie-Chickens may be seen on high prairie approaches to the dam.
Occasionally Smith's and Lapland longspurs, Mountain Bluebirds, and
Short-eared Owls can be seen in this same area.