Shawnee Lookout Park & the Oxbow Area

An excellent argument can be made that September, after May, is the second best birding month in our region. Fall songbird (especially warblers) and shorebird migration should be in full swing on this date and finding these species will be the primary objective of this field trip. Our trip leader, Jack Stenger is an expert birder and naturalist. Jack’s exceptional field skills will certainly aid us in finding and identifying many species and you can expect a long list by days end.

We will meet at the usual spot in the Oxbow (Upper Parking Lot at the main entrance), but before long Jack will probably move us over to Shawnee Lookout where we will focus on migrant songbirds, especially warblers. A stop at Lost Bridge to see what shorebirds are around is also highly likely. 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 shorebirds, both here and in the Oxbow. Herons, egrets, terns, other water birds and raptors should also be expected on this trip. The combination of Shawnee Lookout and The Oxbow should stack up for a great day of birding. The combined and varied habitats of these two excellent and adjacent birding sites at this time of the year should yield a great diversity of species.

Jack plans to bird until around noon, maybe a little longer if things are still hopping. While we will drive to a number of different locations in the Oxbow/Shawnee area, we will also walk a bit in between stops, For the most part walking will be generally easy and at a comfortable birding pace. Restrooms are available. If you expect to see birds you will need binoculars. A Hamilton County Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required ($3.00 daily, $10.00 annual) for each vehicle. Note that this trip will be jointly conducted with Oxbow Inc. Please feel free to call or email Jack if you have any questions.

Directions
To reach the upper Oxbow parking area, go south on US Hwy 50 from the I-275 #16 exit. In about 200 yards, turn left (east) at the edge of the Shell/Subway and go over the levee to where the road T’s with a fence directly in front of you. Turn right and go to the Oxbow entrance sign. Turn left into the Oxbow. The upper parking area is immediately on the right.

For directions, maps and other park information check out the following website;
http://www.greatparks.org/parks/shawnee-lookout
For information and maps of the Oxbow visit the Oxbow Inc. website at;
http://www.oxbowinc.org/

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