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  • 50 - Castalia Pond

    State Route 101
    Castalia, OH

    Public Access

    Open all day year-round

    Amenities

    None

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41º 23'58.47"; W 82º 48'15.76"’

    Driving Directions

    From State Route 2 or U.S. Route 6, take State Route 269 into Castalia.

    What to Look For

    Castalia Pond is pften called the "Duck Pond," and with good cause. Waterfowl are the highlights of this 10-acre pond, which is fed by artesian springs and remains ice-free throughout winter. Over 10,000 ducks and geese can congregate in favorable winters. The fowl become accustomed to people, and close-up views are the norm, along with great photographic opportunities. The best birding is in the dead of winter, when other wetlands are frozen.

    Highlights include half-hardy species such as Northern Shoveler, and occasional Blue-winged Teal. American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, and Green-winged Teal will be found among the hordes of Mallards and American Black Ducks. Most of the diving ducks also occur: Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Bufflehead, and any of the three mergansers.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    Rarities have included Eurasian Wigeon, and Greater White-fronted Goose, and given the mobs of waterfowl on the pond, nearly anything with wings that swims might appear eventually.