Lake O’ The Pines

Marshall, Texas

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This 18-mile-long lake, which covers 38,200 acres, evolved in the 1950s when Cypress Creek was dammed for flood control by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Principally a recreation lake, it is surrounded by numerous hidden bays and a variety of good birding habitats. Key birds: Wood Duck, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler, and Bachman’s Sparrow are present yearround. Anhinga; Purple Gallinule; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prairie, Black-and-white, Prothonotary, Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; Louisiana Waterthrush; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and Dickcissel occur in summer. Common Loon; American White Pelican; American Woodcock; American and Sprague’s Pipits; Spotted and Eastern Towhees; and Henslow’s, LeConte’s, Vesper, and Fox Sparrows can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

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"This 18-mile-long lake, which covers 38,200 acres, evolved in the 1950s when Cypress Creek was dammed for flood control by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Principally a recreation lake, it is surrounded by numerous hidden bays and a variety of good birding habitats.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler, and Bachman’s Sparrow are present yearround. Anhinga; Purple Gallinule; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prairie, Black-and-white, Prothonotary, Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; Louisiana Waterthrush; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and Dickcissel occur in summer. Common Loon; American White Pelican; American Woodcock; American and Sprague’s Pipits; Spotted and Eastern Towhees; and Henslow’s, LeConte’s, Vesper, and Fox Sparrows can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Marshall
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for vagrants and winter birds
Local Contacts: Lake O’ The Pines
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme

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