Join our trip leader Chris Moran for what should be a pleasant morning early summer nature walk with an emphasis on summer resident and breeding birds. Chris is a veteran birder and knowledgeable naturalist and conservationist and has been a regular visitor to the Oxbow for many years. Chris, a long time Oxbow Inc. advocate, is also the Secretary of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Audubon Society.
During June birds are abundant in the Oxbow area and almost all of them are involved in nesting and breeding activities. You may be surprised that nearly a hundred species of birds regularly breed within the Oxbow area or in close proximity. Chris will begin our trip exploring around Oxbow Lake, but will then likely move us over to Shawnee Lookout towards the end of the morning to take full advantage of the diverse habitats that can be found in the Oxbow area. Between the Oxbow, Lost Bridge and Shawnee Lookout we can expect to see and hear several species of water birds, raptors and a host of warblers, vireos, orioles, tanagers, flycatchers, grosbeaks and buntings, cuckoos and lots more. June is also the peak singing period and the morning chorus of bird songs will be quite vocal, giving us a great chance to track them down and get a look. Chris will be sure not to overlook the other wildlife we are sure to run across during our walk.
Most of this trip will be on foot, but walking will be easy to moderate and at a birders pace. To insure your comfort remember that June can be hot by mid-morning. You may want to consider bringing water, sun screen and insect repellent. It goes without saying that binoculars are necessary for seeing small birds. Restrooms are available. Shawnee Lookout, a Hamilton County Park, requires a Motor Vehicle Pass ($3 daily, $10 annual). If you have any questions, feel free to contact Chris.
To reach the Oxbow, take I-275 to the Lawrenceburg, Indiana exit. Turn left onto U.S. 50 at the end of the exit ramp, and proceed about a hundred yards. Turn left onto an unmarked road just past the Shell station. Turn right at the “T” intersection, then left to the meeting spot at the next “T”.