Putnam County

Clear Creek / Taylor Roads

This 8-mile driving loop can be excellent for forest and open-country species. Begin on Clear Creek Rd. (Co. Rd. 275/300N) east of Highway 26. The road follows Clear Creek and goes through some excellent forest habitat. In the first patch of woods breeding species include Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, Tufted Titmouse and Barred Owl. Driving slowly with windows open listening (“trolling”) is the best way to bird this area.

Further along the habitat opens up a bit and often has Lark Sparrow, American Kestrel, Red-shouldered Hawk, Orchard Oriole, White-eyed Vireo, and Wild Turkey. Where the creek crosses or comes near the road at several points Yellow-throated Warblers can be found in the Sycamores. This area can also be very good during spring migration.

Co. Rd. 275N comes to a “T” intersection with Co. Rd. 1150E near a small bridge. This is a very good spot to listen for Yellow-throated Warbler and Northern Parula. Take 1150E south 1 mile to Taylor Rd. (190N). This road goes through various scrub and agricultural land, and goes through high-quality oak woodland as it nears Highway 26. Where the road starts to bend to the north has been a consistent location for Hooded Warbler. Blue-winged Warbler and Bell’s Vireo have also been seen along this road.

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