Birding at Charlie's PondSouthern Pickaway Co
Visiting this Site
At a low point about midway along the length of Radcliffe Rd, Circleville, Ohio.
DeLorme Page Number and Coordinates
(7th Edition and earlier) pg. 68: D2
Nearest Town or City
4 miles SSW of Circleville, Ohio.
Directions from Nearest Town or City
From the intersection of Routes 23 and 56 in Circleville, go about 4 miles south on 23, and take a right (west) on Radcliffe Rd. Less than a mile ahead, the wetland lies on either side of the road in a swale.
About Charlie’s Pond
Less than 10 acres in size, most of it inaccessible without trespassing, Charlie’s Pond is a small remnant of the prairies of the old Pickaway Plains. This patch of wetland includes a cattail-ringed area of open water on the north, and a swampy area with tussocks, puddles, and small trees on the south.
Open year round.
None, but limited traffic makes it possible to pull partly off the road at spots.
Restaurants in the Area
Closest restaurants are three miles north near Circleville.
Other Useful Information
This intensively farmed area, just a mile or two from the Scioto River, can still resonate with hints of the bird life of the former Pickaway Plains.
Other Birding Spots in the Area
Pickaway Co. Airport, Stage’s Pond, Deer Creek WA. An interesting area can be found by continuing west on Radcliffe Rd half a mile, then turning right and going about ¼ mi. to a place where a culvert connects a canal on the right with a ~circular wetland on the left. This area is sometimes misnamed “Charlie’s Pond”, and is often a better spot for birds.
Depending on the season, check the canal for ducks and herons, the fields for pipits, longspurs, sparrows (shorebirds in good numbers often can be seen flying in and out of invisible swales to the WSW in the fields), and the wetland for rails (king rails have nested here, as well as Virginias), soras, breeding ducks (hooded mergansers have regularly nested recently), pipits, and various shorebirds. Please park far enough off the road to allow the sparse traffic to pass, and do not trespass.
Birds of Interest by Season
Migrant waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland species.
The expected breeding species of small wetlands and agricultural settings including Henslow’s Sparrows and Dickcissel’s. A pair of Black Rails were probable breeders in the summer of 2008.
Similar to spring.