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From Model City, drive east on route 104 about 4 miles to Dickersonville and go south on Lower Mountain Road to Bonds Lake Park. This park has a diverse habitat: fields, marsh, ponds, wild orchards, woods of maple and pine and plenty of shrubs and underbrush.
It is a good place to view migrating water fowl in spring and fall.
A few species winter in the park: warblers, sapsuckers, owls and pine siskins.
Blacknose Spring Road intersects Lower Mountain Road and at a sharp angle going south. Proceed on Lower Spring Road about 200 yards past Blacknose Spring Road and find the dirt lane on the right. You can park along the shoulder of the main road here and walk into the park to do your birding.
There are no official trails from this point but several well-used hiking and skiing paths.
There are no facilities in the park either so come prepared with food, water and proper clothing and maybe a first aid kit in your backpack.
Mosquitoes can be fierce here in the summer. Mud is everywhere in the late winter and early spring. Fall is probably the best season for comfortable birding.
Written Jan 15, 2008