The Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits are a hidden birding gem. In the winter the pits host many ducks and geese as well as Sandhill Cranes. Red-tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles are common and the pits are home to quite a few other raptors. In late October, waterfowl should be arriving and possibly Sandhill Cranes too. A list of species logged at the gravel pits in ebird can be seen here: Highland Gravel Pits
From the gravel pits we will continue on to Rocky Fork State Park. At Rocky Fork we will look for waterfowl and raptors, but we will also be in habitat that we may find late songbirds or early migrants from the north. Species logged at Rocky Fork SP on ebird can be found here: Rocky Fork State Park and the Rocky Fork State Park Campground.
If time permits on the way back home we well stop at Indian Creek Wildlife Area to look for songbirds and waterbirds.
Directions to the meeting place: From I-275 at the Milford Parkway/US 50 Exit # 59, take US 50 east for about 20 miles to the intersection of US 68 in Fayetteville, Ohio. The Marathon Station is located on the NW corner. Meet in the Parking Lot but park away from the front doors if possible.
Note: Restrooms are available at the gas station in Fayetteville. The next restrooms are on Rt. 50 just before we arrive at the gravel pits. The meeting place can be found on Google
Maps: Marathon Gas