A Few Places to See Birds in Central
Dale’s Ridge Preserve
Merrill Linn Land & Water Conservancy manages
this property northwest of Lewisburg. Take
Rt. 192 about two miles west of Lewisburg to Strawbridge
Road. Turn right. A parking
lot at Strawbridge Road
and the bridge at Buffalo Creek leads to a trail. The trail passes through a large number of
habitats, including riparian forest, a pond, a hemlock grove, a white pine
grove, second-growth hardwood forest, farm fields, meadows, and mature hardwood
forest. This diversity of habitat provides a large bird list for so small an
The preserve, near Washingtonville in Moutour
is really a complex of many good birding sites.
Among these are the power plant cooling water ponds, known as the Ash
extensive deciduous forests, pine plantations, old fields, and brushy cover.
This area is, arguably, the best place in this region for waterfowl.
Take Interstate 80 to the Rt. 54 exit at Danville.
Follow the signs to Washingtonville and then to Montour Preserve. The Ash Ponds
are on the north side of the power plant on Creek Road; the nature center and
Lake Chillisquaque are a couple of miles farther north. There are observation
points over the lake and a pleasant trail encircling it.
Walker and Faylor
These public reservoirs in Snyder
are proving to be excellent habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and interesting
breeding birds, depending on the season.
A trip to these spots can include a short hike into Tall Timbers in Snyder-Middleswarth
near Troxelville. Here there is
old-growth hemlock forest and unusual breeding species such as Winter Wrens.
To get to Walker Lake, take Rt. 45 west to
Mifflinburg, turn south on Rt. 104 to the village of Penn’s Creek, and turn
west on Troxelville Road. Just before you get to Troxelville, turn left at the
entrance to Walker Lake.
is not far away between Benfer and Beaver Springs.
Winter State Park
It hemlock groves, extensive hardwood forests, and
open water make this park a good place to look for owls, whippoorwills, many
species of breeding warblers, scarlet tanagers, thrushes, vireos, and
occasional waterfowl. It is also cooler here in summer than the surrounding
valleys, so a summer morning can be a refreshing respite from the heat.
To find R.B.
drive about 17 miles west of Lewisburg on Rt. 192 until you reach the park.
Explore all the roads of the park and the vicinity to find a variety of
Allenwood Game Lands
State Game Lands No. 252, at the northernmost part
is managed for wildlife. There are many
ponds and small impoundments, marshes and swamps, brushy cover, and
second-growth forests. The “Allenwood Game Lands” as they are known, can be
good for migrating warblers, thrushes, and waterfowl. This is also a good place
to hear drumming Ruffed Grouse. Wear hunter orange if you visit during hunting
To reach SGL 252, drive west of Allenwood on Rt.
44. After about 5 miles you will cross the creek and come to a handsome dark
brown-stained frame house on the right. Turn right here and drive to the “T”
intersection. Turn right into the game lands. About a mile ahead you can park
and begin walking the many trails. Be sure to check the ponds for nesting
waterfowl in season, and listen for singing Golden-winged Warblers from May