Stroud Lake, boasting 621 surface acres, is about 4 miles northeast of the town of Stroud in the far west end of Creek County. The northwest arm of the lake does extend into Lincoln County for about a half mile and can be accessed from NS3580 from the entrance road to the lake.
Take Hwy 99 north from the Turner Turnpike and turn East(Right) onto EW840. Proceed east two miles. When the Road jogs left into the trees, you are now in Creek County. The next mile goes thru woodlands and brushy fields. The riparian area is an excellent spot in spring and winter. Mostly sparrows and woodland residents are common here.
Once at the lake, proceed into the park and bird the west side of the lake. At the north end of the campground, if the gate is open, continue on the dirt road along the west side of the lake to the northern point of land jutting into the lake. From here, you can scan the north end of the lake and the large arm extending to the northwest.
Back at the park entrance, proceed on the paved road over the dam to another park area on the southeast side of the lake. This spot gives you a good look at the main north-south body of the lake. CR EW840 continues east for another mile. The area around a creek is a good spot for winter specialties such as Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Golden-crowned Kinglet and waxwings.
As you cross the dam, a road leads down below it to a wet area with some trees which has some potential for decent birding. Do not drive down there if it has been wet. It can be quite muddy.
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Grouse, Quail, and Allies
Pigeons and Doves
Rails, Gallinules, and Allies
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Cormorants and Anhingas
Herons, Ibis, and Allies
Great Blue Heron
Vultures, Hawks, and Allies
Great Horned Owl
Falcons and Caracaras
Tyrant Flycatchers: Pewees, Kingbirds, and Allies
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill’s Flycatcher)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens
Martins and Swallows
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice
Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers
Starlings and Mynas
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies
New World Sparrows
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies
Old World Sparrows