Birding & Bird Watching
Birding in Harrison and the Ozark Mountains is an extremely popular activity. Over 200 species of birds make their home in the Ozarks for some part of the year, while many birds live here year round. The Ozark Mountains hardwood forests, pine forests, and stream sides provide a wonderful habitat for the large number of species of birds found in the area.
While bird watching is becoming more and more popular, here are some tips that might make it go a little easier for you and a list of locations bird watchers frequent often.
- You will need binoculars (all the pro birders suggest binoculars)
- You will need to know what to expect in your area (checklists of birds in the area should tell you this)
- You need to be able to find the birds (you should learn the habitat each species of bird prefers)
- Record your bird sightings (this keeps track of what birds you saw on what time of the year)
Location: Downtown Harrison, Arkansas
Its species include Duck, Yellow crowned Night Heron, Green Herons, Bufflehead, and Ring-billed Gulls. The lake also includes walking trails and a park.
Location: Harrison, Arkansas
Web site: www.nature.org
Baker Prairie was added to the Arkansas System of Natural Areas in 1991. It is a 71-acre tract, the largest remnant of a prairie of the same name that once occupied about 5,000 acres in Boone County.
Tucker Holler Boat Dock Area
Location: Bull Shoals Lake
Bald Eagles and Mergansers are common there in the winter
Lead Hill Boat Dock Area
Location: Diamond City on Bull Shoals Lake
Painted Buntings, Orchard Orioles, Yellow Breasted Chats, Prairie Warblers, and Bald Eagles have all been found in this area.
Buffalo National River Area
Location: Ponca, Ar. south of Harrison
Bird Checklists are available at any ranger station or visitor center.