The focus of this trip will be the fall waterfowl migration, which should be near peak at this date. Our trip leaders plan to visit several spots around Brookville Lake and then make the short hop over to Hueston Woods before returning home. Both of these locations are hotspots and are excellent for attracting waterfowl and water birds at this season. The rural countryside surrounding these two large lakes has diverse habitats so we expect to find a great variety and diversity of species throughout the day. In addition to many species of waterfowl we also expect to see loons, grebes, gulls, Sandhill Cranes, late shorebirds (such as Dunlin & Wilson’s Snipe), Bald Eagles, many hawks, numbers of seasonal songbirds and much more. Rare species are always possible at this season. Prairie Falcon and Golden Eagle have been seen on this trip in recent years.
Our trip leaders, son and father team Jack & Jay Stenger, are expert birders who don’t miss much. They also know the Brookville region intimately, so we expect to find a great diversity of species. This will be an auto type tour and will consist of driving from spot to spot interspersed with a few short easy walks. While the trip duration is long and does entail a lot of driving, the rewards, in terms of what we see, always make it worth the effort.
The trip will run into mid afternoon but of course you can leave at any time you like. Bring your lunch and drinks. It always seems colder around large lakes so dress accordingly. If you have a scope it will prove useful. Restrooms will be available. One important note, Indiana State Parks charges a daily per car entrance fee ($7 resident, $9 non-resident). At this time of year there are usually no attendants on duty but we cannot be sure of that.
We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the park & ride lot, located right at the I-275 Exit # 7 at SR 128 marked Cleves-Hamilton. This is the first exit just west of the Great Miami River at Miamitown. We will caravan from there to the Brookville area, about a 30-minute drive. Contact Jack or Jay if you have any questions.
Visit the Brookville Lake website at:
Visit the Whitewater Memorial State Park (at Brookville Lake) website at:
Visit the Hueston Woods SP website at: