Date: 12/6/17 7:34 am From: <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Closure of Area 3 at Branched Oak Lake
Area 3 would be the least busy area there much of the year, so I have stopped there. I guess some of those campgrounds are not really my favorites as there is so much traffic in and out. I think area 4 has some interesting habitat by the creek. I recently found I can park right by the main entrance booth at the Liebers point entrance road. From there I check the pines in the winter and there is access to the creek and the pond between areas 2 and 3 with cat tails. I was going to check for wrens there when they arrive in spring.
Birders with binoculars are suspicious in today's world. I was taking a walk around my neighborhood in the St Louis area with two pairs of binoculars, just to test the optics. I was going to return one (sadly, Eagle Optics is now gone). I happened to see bird activity in a back yard. Continued on my way. About 5 minutes later a man in a monster size SUV drove down the street and had to interrogate me (not coming out) about watching him and his family. I just explained the birds and had some kind of field guide to wave at him. I was not about to explain to him that the lighting was such that you can't see inside the rooms through windows in bright sun light.