Fall songbird and shorebird migration will still be happening on this date and finding these species will be our primary objective on this field trip. While September may be the best fall month for migrant shorebirds, warblers and other song birds, October also gets its share. Particularly early October, as this trip is scheduled for. In fact migrant sparrows are much more likely in October. Our trip leader, Katie Grigsby, is a skilled birder with sharp eyes and ears. Her exceptional field skills will certainly aid us in finding a diverse number of species.
Katie intends to begin the morning at Shawnee Lookout looking for migrant song birds. Towards the end of the morning Katie will head over to the Oxbow, but not before a stop at Lost Bridge to see if any Bald Eagles, shorebirds, waders and other species are present. . By late morning we will head back over to the Oxbow, stopping for another look around Lost Bridge on the way. If water levels are favorable (low) we should find some shorebirds both here and in the Oxbow. Herons, egrets, terns, other water birds and raptors should also be expected. The combination of Shawnee Lookout and The Oxbow should stack up for a great day of birding. The combined habitats of these two excellent and adjacent birding sites at this beautiful time of the year should yield a great diversity of species.
The trip is scheduled to end around noon. We will walk quite a bit at Shawnee, but it will be generally easy and at a comfortable birding pace. Restrooms are available at Shawnee Lookout. A Hamilton County Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required ($5.00 daily resident, $8.00 non-resident & $10.00 annual resident, $15.00 non-resident)) for each vehicle. Please feel free to call or email Katie if you have any questions.
Directions to Shawnee Lookout Park: A Hamilton County Park (Great Parks) located at 2008 Lawrenceburg Rd. North Bend, Ohio. To get there take I-275 to the Kilby Road Exit # 21, then turn right onto Kilby Road. Go south about 1 mile to the light at US 50 and turn right onto U.S. 50. Go 1.7 miles to the light at Lawrenceburg Road and turn left. Continue straight for .8 mile and go over the Great Miami Bridge (Lost Bridge). At the stop sign at the end of the Bridge, turn right and go about 1.5 miles to the Shawnee Lookout Park entrance. The Upper Boat Ramp Parking Lot is on the right, directly across from the Park entrance.
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