Stop 17: Foss State Park
Directions: Return to Cheyenne and take US 283 North to OK 33. Go east on 33 for 18.1 miles to its intersection with OK 34 South. Go 6.1 miles south to OK 73, and turn left/east on 73 for 8.9 miles to the park entrance, on the left.
Foss Lake State
Park comprises the southern end of the reservoir formed by damming the
Washita River. In addition to large numbers of Canada Geese and Snow
Geese in winter, the extensive lakeshore provides excellent habitat
for a variety of woodland birds as well. The transition zone of little
bluestem to willow, cottonwood, hackberry, elm, and locust that line
the lakeshore provide excellent habitat for woodland and prairie birding
in a relatively small area. Park near the end of the entrance road,
and take a moment to walk out into the grassland, arcing back towards
the lakeshore and through the willow thickets. Cedar Waxwing, wood-warblers,
American, the occasional Hermit Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird,
and Golden-crowned Kinglet should all be looked for here.
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