Last Sunday we took a drive down the Elephant Lake Road (County Road 180 to Forest Road 203) to the Bug Creek Trails and Patricia Zachovic Waterfowl Production Area. This is a very interesting drive through some remote forest. The forest has been logged in areas so the trees vary in their age. Some of the disturbed areas can be great for birding as well as the old growth areas. Different species like different habitats and this can be used to your advantage when looking for a larger variety of birds.
We took the hike on Bug Creek Trail just up to the overlook. The path is nice and level and has been mowed. The overlook is just a short distance from the trailhead. There are more trails that take you further into the woods. At the overlook there is a big swamp area and there is a bench where you can just sit and take in the vista.
We sat quietly for a few moments and saw several Wood Ducks and a Pied-billed Grebe family. There was an adult Pied-billed Grebe diving and feeding. Her two babies would chase after her when she came up and beg. We could hear their peeping cries from where we sat. The babies still had the distinctive stripes on their faces. Take a look at this link for the adult bird as well as photos of juveniles: PIED-BILLED GREBE