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Waterfowl and Late Fall Migrants at Brookville Lake Area
November 26 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Brookville Lake Area
Waterfowl & Late Fall Migrants
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2023
Co-Leader: Jack Stenger, (513) 503-3389, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Leader: Jay Stenger, (513) 522-8147, email@example.com
Meet: 7:30 a.m. at the Park & Ride Lot at I-275 Exit # 7. See directions below.
The focus of this trip will be the fall waterfowl migration, which should be near peak at this date. The general plan is to visit several spots around Brookville Lake and, if time permits, make the short hop over to Hueston Woods before returning home. Both of these locations are hotspots and are excellent for attracting waterfowl and water birds at this season. The rural countryside surrounding these two large lakes has diverse habitats so we expect to find a great variety and diversity of species throughout the day. In addition to many species of waterfowl (ducks & geese) we also expect to see loons, grebes, gulls, Sandhill Cranes, late shorebirds (such as Dunlin & Wilson’s Snipe), good numbers of Bald Eagles, many hawks, numbers of seasonal songbirds and much more. Rare species are always possible at this season. Prairie Falcon and Golden Eagle have been seen on this trip in past years.
Our trip leaders, son and father Jack Stenger & Jay Stenger, are long time ASO advocates and expert birders with excellent field skills. They also know the Brookville region intimately, so we can expect to find a great diversity of seasonal species. This will be an auto type tour and will consist of driving from spot to spot, interspersed with a few short easy walks. While this trip does entail considerable driving, the rewards, in terms of what we see, always make this trip well worth the effort.
The trip will run into midafternoon, but of course you can leave at any time you like. Bring your lunch and drinks. It always seems colder around large lakes so dress accordingly. If you have a scope it will prove useful. Restrooms will be available throughout the day. One important note, Indiana State Parks charges a daily per car entrance fee ($7 resident, $9 non-resident). At this time of year there are usually no attendants on duty but we cannot be sure of that.
We will meet at 7:30 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 from there to the Brookville area, about a 30-minute drive.
If you have any questions about this trip feel free to contact Jay or Jack at their contacts listed above.
For a map and other info visit the Brookville Lake website at:
Visit the Whitewater Memorial State Park (at Brookville Lake) website at:
Visit the Hueston Woods SP website at:
(Contributed by Jay Stenger)