Join Ann Oliver for this mid-week trip to an excellent natural area in Northern Kentucky. Middle Creek Park is a 230-acre forested natural area that hosts a number of species of breeding woodland birds, including warblers, vireos, flycatchers and cuckoos, in addition to being a good spot for catching spring migrants on their way north. Late April is an excellent time to findWorm-eating Warbler, Yellowthroated Warbler, American Redstarts, Scarlet Tanager, and a number of other species as they set up on territory and begin breeding and nesting activity.
Since Boone County Cliffs is currently closed, the next best stop is Middle Creek Park. This will be a walking trip: Middle Creek Park has unpaved trails ranging from “moderate” to “difficult,” according to their website. (http://www.boonecountyky.org/ departments/parks/ middle_creek_park.aspx), so wear “sensible shoes” as they say! There should be good opportunities for those interested in photography as well as those who want to get an opportunity to work on their listening and song-ID skills. Middle Creek Park is also an excellent area for wild flowers, and hopefully some good butterflies and other insects will be out and about for viewing!
Ann Oliver is a long-time conservationist and birder, a past president of the Cincinnati Bird Club, and a volunteer for a number of local and state organizations. Her interests range from natural history to travel to Flamenco dancing, and she and her husband are avid music fans and supporters of local and regional musicians and artists. You will never run out of things to talk about when you’re birding with Ann! We’re pleased to have Ann as a leader of this mid-week trip to Middle Creek Park.
Meet at: The parking lot at Middle Creek Park, off of Kentucky State Route 18, near the Dinsmore Homestead. The address is 5700 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005. Check it out on google maps/google earth. The parking lot is easy to find!