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Bird Watching Campsites Hazard KY

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen. Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities.

Carr Creek State Park
(606) 642-4050
Sassafras, KY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes

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Tailwater Campground (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 398-7220
Buckhorn, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Sports Field

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Lago Linda Resort
(606) 464-2876
850 Blacks Ridge Rd.
Beattyville, KY
 
Sportsman's Anchor Resort
(270) 354-8493
12888 Us Highway 68 E
Benton, KY
 
Rolling Hills Camping Resort
(800) 421-7116, (502) 477-1291
11 Hunter Road
Taylorsville, KY
Number of Sites
71 Total Camp/RV Sites,56 30 Amp Service,16 50 Amp Service,71 Electric and Water,71 Electric Only,8 Full Hookups,45 Max RV Length,14 Rental Trailers,14 Total Rental Units,
Amenities
BBQ Pits,Dump Station,Firewood,Ice,WiFi HotSpots,Laundry,Meeting Rooms,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Showers,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Basket Ball,Beach Volleyball,Bird Watching,Boat Launch,Boating,Equestrian Friendly,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Hiking Trails,Horse Shoes,Marina,Mini Golf,Motorized Boat Rentals,Nature Trails,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Playground,Swimming Pool,Theme Weekends,

Trace Branch (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 672-3670
Hyden, KY
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, REC Open to Public

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Buckhorn Dam Recreation Area (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 398-7251
Buckhorn, KY
Campground Availability
April thru 30-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Tennis, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Holly Green Recreational Park
(270) 753-5652
102 Park Dr
Murray, KY
 
Oak Creek Campground
(859) 485-9131
Highway 16 & Oak Creek Rd
Walton, KY
 
Walnut Meadow Campgrounds
(859) 986-6180
1201 Paint Lick Rd
Berea, KY
 
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Learn the Basics to Bird Identification

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Bird Watching 101


By Maxye and Lou Henry

Have you always wondered how experienced birders can confidently identify birds with just a glimpse? This information from the Cornell University Lab or Ornithology will help you learn the identification skills you need by describing the characteristics birders pay particular attention to in the field.

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen.

Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities. As your observation skills improve, familiarize yourself with the field marks — colored or patterned areas on the bird's body, head, and wings — that help distinguish species.

Birds in the same general group often have the same body shape and proportions, although they may vary in size. Silhouette alone gives many clues to a bird's identity, allowing birders to assign a bird to the correct group or even the exact species.

Posture clues can help place a bird in its correct group. Watch an American robin, a common member of the thrush family, strut across a yard. Notice how it takes several steps, then adopts an alert, upright stance with its breast held forward. Other thrushes have similar postures, as do larks and shorebirds.

Once you have assigned a bird to its correct group, size can be a clue to its actual species. Be aware, though, that size can be difficult to determine in the field, especially under poor lighting conditions or at a distance. Size comparisons are most useful when the unknown bird is seen side-by-side with a familiar species. In the absence of that, you can use the sizes of well-known birds, such as the house sparrow, American robin and American crow, as references when trying to identify an unfamiliar bird.

Most birds fly in a straight line, flapping in a constant rhythm, but certain bird groups have characteristic flight patterns that can help identify them. Birds of prey may be identified by the characteristic way they hold their wings when viewed flying toward you.

In general, each species of bird occurs only within certain types of habitat. And each plant community — whether abandoned field, mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, desert or freshwater marsh, for instance — contains its own predictable assortment of birds. Learn which birds to expect in each habitat. You may be able to identify an unfamiliar bird by eliminating from consideration species that usually live in other habitats. (Be aware, though, that during spring and fall migration birds often settle down when they get tired and hungry, regardless of habitat.)

Here are some birding hotspots and the species most likely to be seen ...

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