Bird Watching at Brookville Lake
Around the Brookville Lake, birders will find a wide variety of song birds, raptors, waterfowl and waders. Those with patience and a keen eye will most likely see a Bald Eagle. Herons of all varieties are quite prevalent as well as egrets and Canadian geese. Red tail hawks are abundant along with osprey, mallards, widgeons and sandhill cranes.
The local Audubon chapter conducts Christmas Bird Counts and volunteers maintain over 300 bluebird boxes. One recent sighting inventory included: Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Ring-necked duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Cranes, Killdeer, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and House Sparrow. Obviously, bird enthusiasts will not be disappointed at Brookville Lake!
Wildlife at Brookville Lake
One section of the lake is protected as a waterfowl resting area and closed October through February. However, throughout the surrounding wooded hills there are 25 miles of hiking trails, ranging from “easy” to “rugged”. A wide variety of flora and fauna exist in the land surrounding the lake. Wildflowers decorate the hiking trails and an assortment of trees make up the forests. A stunning natural landscape can be appreciated by all.
Nature lovers, bird watchers and those who enjoy the beauty of God’s creation are sure to be pleased with all there is to see in and around Brookville Lake.