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Olathe parks and trails support diverse habitat suitable for a variety of bird species. Bird watching in winter can be quite enjoyable and it might also serve as the only time for some species to be viewed in this area.
According to Olathe Parks Services Manager Paul Krueger, there are many benefits to venturing out in the Winter to view birds. The parks are usually not as busy as they are in the summertime making for a more enjoyable time in nature. With the leaves off the trees, prime viewing locations are easier to access and birds can be viewed better.
Olathe parks are open year round for day use unless snow and ice make for unsafe driving conditions within the park.
Park locations and popular winter species available for viewing:
Location Address Species
Mahaffie Trail KC Road to Northgate Cedar Waxwing, various hawk species
Stagecoach Park 1205 N. Kansas City Rd Redwing Black Bird, various blackbird species
Indian Creek Trail Pflumm to south of 151st Belted Kingfisher, various hawk species
Frisco Lake 1100 E Dennis Trumpeter Swan, various waterfowl species
Lone Elm Park 21151 W. 167th Barred Owl, various hawk species
Cedar Lake 15500 S Lone Elm Rd White Pelican, various waterfowl species
Lake Olathe 625 Lakeshore Dr. Bald Eagle, various waterfowl species