Benson Prairie (Tuesday #6)

Date/Time
Tue, Jun 7 , 2016
7:00 am - 9:00 am

Location
Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park (Benson Prairie)
5800 Hugo Road,
White Bear Township, MN 55110

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This is the sixth of seven of SPAS’ regular Tuesday morning bird walks.

This small restored prairie, once the Benson Farm, can be a great place to view nesting grassland sparrows, sedge wrens, and other grassland birds.

We always hope for dickcissels and Henslow’s sparrows as the habitat is looks like just what they usually want. The woods that line the property may feature nesting warblers, hawks, catbirds, and orioles. There’s always the chance for a fairly rare bird at this site. Bring drinking water and bug spray for socks and slacks—ticks are a possibility.

The actual name on the parking area is the Otter Lake/Bald Eagle Lake Park parking lot. Benson Prairie is a portion of this park, just north of the parking lot where we meet.

View park map here.

Directions: Driving north on US Highway 61, exit and go left (west) on County Road J, cross the highway and immediately turn left (south)and travel about a half mile to the Otter Lake/Bald Eagle Lake Park parking lot. Benson Prairie is a portion of this park, just north of the parking lot. Access to the prairie is on mowed trails.

Registration: No registration required

Difficulty: Intermediate, walking on mowed trails