Bring your binoculars.
We’ve discovered more than 200 species of birds in this area. Check out the Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery to see shoebirds and waterfowl. You can also find blue-winged warblers at the Shallow Flats Wetlands Observation Deck on KY 801.
Birding Sites in Rowan County:
- Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery
- Shallow Flats at Cave Run Lake
- Triplett Creek at City Park
- Eagle Lake on Morehead State University’s Campus
Once you have your binoculars and are ready to go, you might want to try:
- Practicing with your Binoculars. While this may seem like an easy step to skip, it is important to know how to spot something in the field so all of your work is not in vain. Try focusing in on household objects and work until they are clear before you go out in the field. It is also important to remember to look at the object and then bring your binoculars up to your face rather than risk losing the object.
- Purchasing or Downloading a Field Guide. You can purchase a variety of different field guides starting at around $15. The Sibley Guides in its full North American version can be found at www.sibleyguides.com. You can also download an app for your Smart Phone or Ipad such as The Cornell Lab’s All About Birds Species Guide. This app works without needing wireless Internet and works great in remote locations. Whether you prefer a physical book or a virtual one, having a field guide is essential to identifying the birds you see, and it’s a great way to start to learn more about them.
- Setting up Birdfeeders. After you have more experience with birding, it is always nice to be able to identify birds in your area. You can set up a birdfeeder in your yard, or with permission, set up one in your community. A birdfeeder is a great way to learn more about birds and to simply watch and observe them in tranquility.
- Starting or Joining a Birding Society. Often birdwatching is a solo activity, but it doesn’t have to be. You can bring friends along with you or join a group that is close to your area. Beckham Bird Club in Louisville, Kentucky, is just one of many examples.
- Recording your information! You have spent time and energy finding these birds and all of that information can go to good use. You can keep a Birder’s Diary, such as the ones found at www.onlinenaturemall.com or use apps like The Cornell Lab to virtually keep track of your findings.
Merlin bird ID app sponsored by The Cornell Lab