Lake End Park, perched on the western edge of Lake Palourde, hosts substantial numbers of birds, particularly during spring, fall, and winter. In winter, thousands of Double-crested Cormorants and American White Pelicans crowd the lake. Near the northwestern edge of the lake look for Southern Bald Eagle, a Bald Eagle subspecies which actually nests during the winter months in the swamps to the north, south, and east of Morgan City. Between October and April, look for Bald Eagles hunting along the shoreline of Lake Palourde.
Primary Species Commonly Experienced Here
The Boat-tailed Grackle is the most prominent year-round resident. On a seasonal basis, however, there is no telling what might visit the lake. Of the wading birds, Great Blue Heron and Great Egret are the two most prominent species at the park. Look for them, as well as Neotropic Cormorant.
Depending on the weather, numerous species of gulls and terns can show up at the lake. Laughing Gull, along with Forster’s, Caspian and Royal terns can be expected on a year round basis. During migration, Herring and Ring-billed gulls, and Black, Sandwich and Least terns are also potential visitors. During winter, take notice as Bonaparte’s Gull and Common Tern enter the mix.
In addition to all of the wildlife viewing, the park also provide numerous amenities to its guests: campsites, walking trails, restrooms, picnic pavilions, boat launches and slips, plus many others, including an interpretive center, currently in the planning stages.