Join the Cincinnati Bird Club for a visit to the vastly underbirded Mt. Airy Forest in search of migrant warblers, songbirds, and the returning local breeders. While Spring Grove Cemetery and Burnet Woods steal most of the attention around here, Mt. Airy Forest is larger than both of these locations combined and is only a few minutes away from either of them. Despite this, it receives less than 1/10th of the coverage! Mt. Airy was established in 1911 as the nation’s first urban reforestation project. Wooded habitats vary from 100+ year old forests to scrubby edges. The first full weekend in May should be the best weekend of the year to see a large diversity of birds. This will be the day following the Oxbow Birdathon, so be sure to join us and try to find something you missed then!
We did a similar trip to this location this fall, and had a healthy list of migrant species. We’ll follow a similar plan to that one. Meet at the Mt. Airy Forest Arboretum located in the north end of the park. Park entrances are off of Colerain Ave (east from SR 126, I75) and Sheppard Creek Rd (west from I-74). From the North, South, or East, take I-75 to I-74 exit 18 (Colerain Ave) take Colerain Ave north to Blue Spruce Rd (Park entrance). The arboretum will be the first right after the entrance. From the west, take I-74 to exit 14 and turn north onto North Bend Rd. Shortly afterwards, turn right onto West Fork Rd, and then turn left onto Sheppard Creek Rd. The park entrance will be on the right at Blue Spruce Rd. Follow Blue Spruce Rd for signage to the arboretum.