Salem Lake

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Salem Lake is a 365-acre municipal water source for the city of Winston-Salem and surrounding Forsyth County. There is a wooded buffer zone around the lake that provides good habitat for a variety of birds.A small marina and fishing pier are located near the dam at the western end of the lake. Over the years a number of rarities have been spotted here, including such species as Sabine’s Gull, Black and Gull-billed Terns, White-winged Scoter, and Olive-sided Flycatcher. More routinely, a quick scan of the lake from the parking area is always a good start. In winter look for Buffleheads, Ring-necked Ducks,American Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes. The trail above the paved parking area is a good place to look for flycatchers such as Eastern Phoebes, Eastern Kingbirds, and Great Crested and Acadian Flycatchers in the summer, and a good place for Eastern Bluebirds and Brown-headed Nuthatches any time. The loop trail along the north side of the lake between the dam and the iron foot- bridge is especially good for songbirds.At the east end of the lake, there is a marsh where you may find ducks in winter, Prothonotary Warblers in summer, and Great Blue Herons and Belted Kingfishers year-round.
Birding North Carolina

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Birding North Carolina

by Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns (Falcon Guides)

Salem Lake is a 365-acre municipal water source for the city of Winston-Salem and surrounding Forsyth County. There is a wooded buffer zone around the lake that provides good habitat for a variety of birds.A small marina and fishing pier are located near the dam at the western end of the lake. Over the years a number of rarities have been spotted here, including such species as Sabine’s Gull, Black and Gull-billed Terns, White-winged Scoter, and Olive-sided Flycatcher. More routinely, a quick scan of the lake from the parking area is always a good start. In winter look for Buffleheads, Ring-necked Ducks,American Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes.

The trail above the paved parking area is a good place to look for flycatchers such as Eastern Phoebes, Eastern Kingbirds, and Great Crested and Acadian Flycatchers in the summer, and a good place for Eastern Bluebirds and Brown-headed Nuthatches any time. The loop trail along the north side of the lake between the dam and the iron foot-
bridge is especially good for songbirds.At the east end of the lake, there is a marsh where you may find ducks in winter, Prothonotary Warblers in summer, and Great Blue Herons and Belted Kingfishers year-round.

©  Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Winston-Salem
Best Times: Best in winter
Driving Directions: Directions to Salem Lake

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