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Lake Hammond/Ives Run Recreation Area, tucked in the mountains of north-central Pennsylvania, deserves to be much better known to birders than it is. This Army Corps of Engineers flood project is surrounded by Pennsylvania state game lands and has a large variety of habitats, including 680-acre Lake Hammond fed by Crooked Creek and Ives Run, fresh-water marshes, forested mountain slopes, an abundance of hedge rows, large brushy areas, and 'agricultural' lands managed for wildlife by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
It is not surprising that this great variety in habitat should support a large number of birds and a large number of species. Numerous raptors ply the skies at most times of the year and are easily seen, including Bald Eagle, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and Broad-winged Hawk.
More advanced birders may find their skills challenged by the abundance of swallows, the many species of sparrows found in the hedge rows, and by the flycatchers along Crooked Creek. Waterfowl, although not in the numbers one finds at a major wildlife refuge, are nevertheless plentiful depending on the time of year, and the area supports a sizeable population of breeding warblers.
Birds you can see here include:
Visitation to this large area by humans is surprisingly light, so there is much to be discovered here.
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