East Sparta, Ohio 44626
Bolivar Dam Area (Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District) map
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Tips for birding Dueber Avenue
Anyone looking for winter finches, or just a remote place hike, in Stark County may want to consider the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District land along Dueber Avenue between Downing and Gracemont.
There is a great hawk watching and gull watching site atop the hill where Eastern Meadowlarks were still lingering into November and may be wintering. Virginia Rails were found in the cattails along the pond on the west side of the road, and there is excellent potential for Northern Shrike, Nelson’s and Le Conte’s Sparrows, and other hard to find species in season.
It is not a highly developed property as the trails are fairly rugged and the parking and other facilities are limited, but the payoff is one of the less crowded, “wilderness” like settings in Stark County. It also happens to hold the best crop of alders and sycamores accessible in the county and should be the best place in Stark to find redpolls, siskins, and crossbills.
One day Ben Morrison and I scoped through a group of birds devouring seeds from the tall sycamores behind the pond on the west side of Dueber and conservatively found 25 American Goldfinch, 12 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Pine Siskin, and at least 7 Purple Finch. If redpolls are going to show up in Stark, this is as fine a spot as there is.
From Kent Miller
No restroom facilities.