Begin the trip in Pryor at the intersection of SH 20 and US 69. Drive
east on SH 20 for 6.1 miles and turn south for 0.5 mile. Instead of
turning east on SH 20, continue south on a graveled road for 1.5 miles.
On either side of this short road flocks of Smith's Longspurs and Lesser
Golden-Plovers have been seen in early spring. In summer Dickcissels are
abundant and orioles are often found in the trees. Bobwhites and most
sparrow species common to eastern Oklahoma may be found in the fence
rows in the proper season. During migration waterfowl come to a small
pond on the east side of the road.
Turn left (east) for 0.2 mile to cross a small creek. Rufous-sided
Towhees are common in winter and Brown Thrashers are usually found here.
Past the creek on the north is a row of large old hackberry trees, an
excellent place to find warblers in spring migration. There are at least
three reports of the rare Cerulean Warbler in these trees. Near a little
farm house on the right watch for Eastern Bluebirds on the fence.
Follow the graveled road to a blacktop road and turn north. In low
places along the road watch for Barn and Rough-winged swallows. At the
intersection with SH 20, do not turn, but continue to the Snowdale
Recreation Area where the road will dead-end after about 0.5 mile. This
is a fine area for finding shorebirds and waterfowl in season. The
Belted Kingfisher is a resident.
Return to SH 20, continue east (left) and cross the bridge over Lake
Hudson into Salina. Watch the water on both sides of the road for gulls,
terns, ducks, geese and pelicans during migration.
At the eastern edge of Salina SH 20 turns north. Beyond the turn (5.5)
is a blacktop road to the left and a sign to Indian Springs Resort. This
is a loop road along Spavinaw Creek which returns to SH 20 just before
the town of Spavinaw. The loop is a beautiful drive with little traffic,
and the birding is excellent.