On May 21 the Cincinnati Bird Club is going to the Edge. The Edge of Appalachia that is. The Edge of Appalachia Preserve is located in Adams County and is managed by the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Nature Conservancy. The Ohio Brush Creek flows through the Edge and the preserve covers 16,000 acres. The habitat at the Edge is uniquely different than what we have in Cincinnati and attracts a different set of birds, plants and other wildlife. On a recent trip to the Edge we found that Blue Grosbeaks and Prairie Warblers were plentiful. Hooded Warblers and Ovenbirds were common in the mature forest as well. Scarlet and Summer Tanagers were also common and we found a couple of Black-billed Cuckoos. Louisiana Waterthrushes and Northern Parulas were found along the Ohio Brush Creek and most its tributaries. On the trip we expect to find Worm-eating Warblers and other mature forest birds. Checking the surrounding farm lands we hope to find Henslow’s Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Bobolinks. This trip is going to be an all day event and into the evening. At dusk we hope to find various owl species as well as nightjars. Whip-poor-wills are common in the area and this is the place in Ohio to find Chuck-wills-widows as they nest here.
We will meet at 7:30am at the ODOT rest area on Rt.32. There is a park and ride lot a little further down Rt. 32 where we can leave cars to carpool. For those who prefer to meet at the Edge we will be at the Buzzards Roost parking lot by 8:30am. It you just want to do the afternoon and evening we will take a lunch break at around 12:30pm at the Portman Trailhead where there are picnic tables and a clean restroom. You can meet us there. In the evening we will take a break from birding and head up to Seaman, Ohio where there are places to eat dinner. After dinner we are back to birding.
We will be driving from location to location with moderate walking at most stops. We will be walking through tall grass and there are ticks, so wear long pants and hiking boots and take appropriate precautions to prevent tick bites. Bring your lunch because we will be eating at the Edge.
To get to the ODOT rest area take exit 63, Rt. 32 east from I-275 and go 26 miles toward Sardiana, the ODOT Rest Area is on the right. Google map directions from I 275 can be found here: direction to ODOT
If you arrive in the area late and can’t find us you can call my cell phone. Leave a message because phone reception in some areas is nonexistent.