Crooked Run Nature Preserve / Chilo Lock 34

Dave Helm is a knowledgeable and experienced birder who has led numerous field trips in our area as well as birded around the world. Dave is also the new Field Trip Coordinator for the Cincinnati Bird Club. The plan for this month’s field trip is to meet at Armleder Park at 8:00 a.m. and depart shortly after from there to Crooked Run Nature Preserve and Chilo Lock 34 in Clermont County.

Crooked Run and adjoining Chilo Lock 34 offer the opportunity to bird riparian and field edge habitat, which should hold a nice mix of fall migrants (late warblers and the like) and possible winter arrivals (Winter Wren, etc.). There is also opportunity to view a nice stretch of the Ohio River, which itself can provide some interesting birding opportunities, as well as the chance to argue over whether that possible Pomarine Jaeger flew into Ohio at any point during its downriver flight. (One can dream, after all!) But look over the fall records: birders have found some really good birds around Chilo Lock 34.

Depending on road and construction conditions, Dave is considering trying a bonus trip to Eagle Creek Wildlife Area, Ohio’s newest wildlife area, in southern Brown County. This is fairly close to where we’ll be at Crooked Run Nature Preserve. The caveat is that road construction might not allow for a visit to Eagle Creek WA–this time. So Eagle Creek will be a “game day” decision. Eagle Creek is a promising area, though, and we will get there one of these days!

Meeting Place: Armleder Park (meet in the parking lot at the end of Armleder Road)

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