The theme of this field trip will be wintering and migrant waterfowl, water birds, eagles and other raptors. Join us for this field trip as we explore and bird the lower Great Miami and Whitewater River valleys. Our trip leader, Joe Bens, is a skilled and veteran birder, naturalist and lifetime ASO advocate. Joe has tremendous bird finding skills and he has been birding these areas all his life.
From our meeting place at the park & ride in Miamitown, Joe plans to spend the morning caravanning us through the Great Miami and Whitewater River Valleys, stopping at several locations along the way. Joe’s exact route will be determined closer to the date of the trip and may have to be adjusted by flood waters, which is likely at this season. But that can be a good thing especially since spring waterfowl migration should be in full swing by this date. Joe will spend the most time where we find the largest concentrations of birds. Some of the sites Joe will most likely visit will include the Oxbow area including Lost Bridge, Kilby Ponds, Campbell Lakes, Fernald Preserve and possibly Miami Whitewater Park. But Joe will also stop at a couple of gravel pits and flooded fields if those conditions exist.
We expect to find many species of waterfowl (ducks, geese and swans) as well as other water birds such as gulls, grebes, coots etc. Sandhill Cranes are possible and Bald Eagles and other raptors, including Northern Harriers, should be easily found as well as numbers of wintering and early migrant songbirds.
This trip will consist mostly of driving from spot to spot and spending some time at each location looking for birds. How long we spend at any one location will depend on the bird activity we find. Be warned, it will likely be cold and damp so wear good waterproof footwear and dress warmly. Binoculars will be necessary if you expect to see birds well. If you have scopes, bring them. Restroom stops will be made. This trip will end around noon, maybe later if the birding is great. Severe weather will likely cancel this trip. If you have any questions feel free to contact Joe.
Directions to the Park & Ride:
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 to various sites from there. Contact Joe if you have any questions.