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Frank Liske Park


This small park, nestled within a rapidly developing urban landscape, holds a surprising diversity of birds. Great Horned Owl roost in the planted pine forest near the playground overlooking Charlotte Motor Speedway. Loggerhead Shrike can be seen perched atop poles or small trees near thorny honey locust saplings (available for impaling prey). A variety of migrating, breeding and wintering songbirds can be found along the 1-mile nature trail. In the winter, the waterfowl on the 10-acre lake can include Canvasback and Ruddy Duck. Search for a variety of sparrows along the trails; watch for White-crowned and Fox Sparrows, in particular, in the winter. Also, Horned Larks have been occasionally found in the dirt patches between the athletic fields of the soccer complex.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Great Horned Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Horned Lark, wintering waterfowl


dry coniferous woodlands, oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, early successional, lake

Access and Parking

Park hours vary.


From I-485, take Exit 36. Travel east on NC 49 for approximately 7 miles. Turn left on Stough Road. The park entrance is 1.5 miles on the right.

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Bird List

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