David D. Terry Lock and Dam

This lock and dam on the Arkansas River is located Southeast of Little Rock on Frazier Pike, off of Hwy 365. Frazier Pike and Harper offer good birding tours as they follow series of fields. In these fields you can find various shorebirds during migrations and waterfowl, raptors, and pipits in the winter. Bobwhite, shrikes, and meadowlarks are common all year long. The park features bottomland harwood forests and scrubby fields. The park is adjacent to the Arkansas River with bays and a few ponds. The disturbed water of the dam attracts gulls, terns, and pelicans year round. In the winter, Bonaparte’s and Ring-billed Gulls are common and in the spring/summer, Least Terns forage. The bays feature Horned and Pied-billed Grebes with a few ducks. Prothonotary Warblers are common around the ponds in the spring. The woods feature a variety of birds. In the spring and summer, this is a good place to see Broad-winged Hawks, Baltimore Orioles, Red-eyed Vireos, Yellow-throated Warblers, and Great Crested Flycatchers. In winter you can find Winter Wrens, Orange-crowned Warblers, Swamp and Fox Sparrows. Adjacent to the dam parking lot is a little scrubby field that has held Painted Buntings, Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, and Field Sparrows.

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