Land Between the Lakes acts as a large green corridor surrounded by two flowing rivers hosting up to 250 species of birds. The Nature Station has a bird list for recording your sightings.
During winter months, Bald Eagles migrate to Land Between the Lakes. Nature Station staff host van tours and Kentucky Lake cruises throughout the winter. Check the program calendar for information on upcoming tours.
A note from the field:
“We stopped at one of the old log landings on the Prior Creek Oak Grassland Demonstration Area. We observed 4 Prairie warblers singing along with a Great-crested Flycatcher. Prairie warblers song goes up the scale while Great-crested makes the “Reap” call sound.
I heard Prairie warblers at other areas that we have done timber management adjacent to Grassland openlands that includes the Demumbers Creek area. Also heard in the Crossroads project area.”
Turn up your volume and listen to Prairie Warblers and a Great-crested Flycatcher. Recorded by Elizabeth Raikes
Recommended birding spots
· Kentucky Dam/Barkley Dam
· Hematite Lake and Trail
· Long Creek Wildlife Refuge
· Empire Point
· Bobcat Point
· Honker Lake, Bay, and Trail
· Woodlands Nature Station Backyard
· North/South Trail from Sugar to Smith Bay
· Shaw Branch Road—FS RD #153/134 — from Hwy US68/KY80 to Energy Lake
· Elk & Bison Prairie
· Fort Henry Trails
A 1991 book by the Center for Field Biology, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee offers visitors a great reference manual for birding here.
Birds of Land Between the Lakes| 1991 text by David H. Snyder | photography by Frederick J. Alsop III with additional photographs by G. Ronald Austing and David H. Snyder | source: Hathi Trust Digital Library
Useful Birding Websites
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Birds of Land Between The Lakes from eBird
Kentucky Ornithological Society
National Audubon Society
For over ten years, avid birders in our region have been recording sightings at eBird. Here you can track best times to see the various species and plan your visit around your favorite birds.
We also need people to help us with our bird counts. One of our most challenging is the Christmas Bird Count for the National Audubon Society. If interested, give us a call at the Nature Station — 270-924-2299.