Crowley County has several reservoirs and the Arkansas River on its southern border.
There are a handful of riparian areas to explore.
County Seat: Ordway (4,312')
Bird Checklist: 350 species
- 1.Lake Henry
The reservoir attracts many waterfowl and the riparian area in
the northwest corner attracts many migrants. Free camping,
however watch out for the mosquitoes (no facilities).
The bird list here is impressive. You have to hike back to the northwest
riparian area (but it is well worth it). Western Screech-Owls and Barn Owls
also possible back there. Red-necked Grebes hide in the flooded woods
during spring migration. Clark's & Western Grebes nest here.
Usually the first location where Common Terns are reported each spring.
Great gull, loon, scoter, other waterfowl during migration.
- 2.Lake Meredith
A large reservoir with no facilities (camping allowed). Loons and
other waterfowl can be found here in early winter. Great-tailed Grackles
nest here in the cattails (and visit feedlots to the northwest).
The reservoir is huge, but unfortunately private. Most birds have to
be observed through a scope. It does have a great checklist of birds!
- 3.Ordway Reservoir
This seldom visited WLA has several ponds and riparian areas.
Great potential is not lived up to, however one can always look.
A few uncommon birds reported include: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Northern Parula,
Harris's Sparrow, Black Scoter, Ross's Geese, and Great-tailed Grackle.
- 4.Olney Springs Wildlife Area
Again great potential, however it does not deliver.
Three Curve-billed Thrashers were once reported. Other nice bird sightings
included: Lewis's Woodpeckers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Chestnut-sided Warbler,
and Cassin's Vireo.
- 5.Fowler Area
The Cholla in the area have hosted Curve-billed Thrasher, Scaled Quail,
Northern Mockingbird, and Greater Roadrunner.
- 6.Cudahy Reservoir & Area North
The reservoir itself seldom has water. The surrounding fields are thick with Cholla.
The area north of the reservoir is a good location to search for Curve-billed Thrasher,
Scaled Quail, and Mountain Plover.
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