Notes From The Field/Shawnee Lookout Park

WOW! That’s the only way to describe the morning spent with the Cincinnati Bird Club as we visited Shawnee Lookout Park. Leaving home at 6:45 for the drive over there, knowing ahead of time that Lawrenceburg Road was going to be closed, I detoured through Cleves to reach my destination 15 minutes before the start of the field trip. With about 9 other bird club members we started out at the still flooded boat ramp.

 The sign in the middle of the water says “Caution”.

We drove and then would park at various locations throughout the park. After we would park the group would bird in the area to see what we could find. With Spring well under way, the hot bird for the day was any or all warblers. However we racked up some pretty good numbers after the day was over. One of the areas we parked there was a clearing where we could see the smoke stacks of the power plant over near Lawrenceburg.

We were concentrating on the shorter of the smokes stacks. We had a spotting scope set on that particular smoke stack because of the Peregrine Falcon that resides there. And sure enough it was there.

Group members checking out the Peregrine Falcon.

We had good luck calling in warblers today. a couple of group members had with them I-Pod’s that had warbler calls pre-loaded on them. We were able to bring some warblers in real close, like this Prothonotary Warbler.

I was with John Habib as he called in this Prothonotary Warbler sitting on the cable to the left of the post.

This is the same Prothonotary Warbler, but overhead as we walked the boat ramp area.

The only Easter Bluebird we saw today. You see how it turned it’s head at the last minute to avoid getting it’s picture taken.

Spring flowers in bloom along the road.

As the morning wore on, a couple of us parked our cars at the end of the park road, so when the group ended the hike, we would have transportation back to the rest of the cars. One of the older group members who didn’t want to walk that far drove slowly down the road. She would park and do a little birding from her car window. As we got closer to her, we noticed a Red-tailed Hawk fly down onto the ground right in front of her car. We naturally thought that it had caught it’s lunch. However as we got closer, we noticed that the hawk wasn’t flying away. We couldn’t tell for sure, but we knew that something was wrong and the bird was injured. It just sat there by the side of the road as we kept our distance. The group leader, Mark Gilsdorf phoned a friend who is a volunteer for a Raptor Rehab facility. So someone went and got a cardboard box to put over the hawk till the volunteer arrived. We had a group member stay there with the hawk so no one would bother it.

A picture of the injured Red-tailed Hawk.

We had more success as we neared the end of our hike. Cerulean Warblers are very common in this section of the park, and today was no exception. I think we counted 4 different Cerulean Warblers, which is pretty good.

A sad picture of a Summer Tanager.

After I had left the park I stopped at Lost Bridge to take a couple of picture to show how high the water has become. And to think with more rain on the way, the river is only going to get higher.

Up river view.

Down river view.

After everything was said and done, it was a very successful day with one new life bird. A Yellow-throated Vireo, my target bird for the day.

Notable birds for the day include:

  1. Carolina Wren
  2. Baltimore Oriole
  3. Wood Thrush
  4. Northern Cardinal
  5. Eastern Phoebe
  7. Common Crow
  8. Northern Parula
  9. Eastern Towhee
  10. House Wren
  11. White-breasted Nuthatch
  12. Tufted Titmouse
  13. Summer Tanager
  14. Carolina Chickadee
  15. Scarlet Tanager
  16. American Robin
  17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  18. Brown Thrasher
  19. Yellow-throated Warbler
  20. Chipping Sparrow
  21. Eastern Bluebird
  22. Common Yellowthroat
  23. White-crowned Sparrow
  24. White-eyed Vireo
  25. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  26. Eastern Goldfinch
  27. Purple Finch
  28. Turkey Vulture
  29. Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
  30. Downy Woodpecker
  31. Mourning Dove
  32. Blue Jay
  33. Field Sparrow
  34. Orchard Oriole
  35. Blue-winged Warbler
  36. Tree Swallow
  37. Brown-headed Cowbird
  38. Great-creasted Flycatcher
  39. Broad-winged Hawk
  40. Kentucky Warbler
  41. Peregrine Falcon
  42. Red-tailed Hawk
  43. Yellow-breasted Chat
  44. Cerulean Warbler
  45. White-throated Sparrow
  46. Pileated Woodpecker
  47. Wild Turkey
  48. Prothonotary Warbler
  49. Song Sparrow
  50. Cliff Swallow
  51. Canada Goose
  52. Pied-billed Grebe
  53. Mallard
  54. Northern Shoveler
  55. Blue-winged Teal
  56. Caspian Tern
  57. Ring-billed Gull
  58. Red-breasted Merganser
  59. Common Merganser
  60. Lesser Yellowleg
  61. Green-winged Teal
  62. Purple martin
  63. American Kestrel

2 responses to “Notes From The Field/Shawnee Lookout Park

  1. Sounds like fun! Did I tell you I spotted a red tailed hawk in Ault Park last week? I guess he hangs around there from time to time.

  2. This park is awesome. Love taking my family there for hikes. It seems no matter how many times we go there is always new views we missed on our previous visit as well as a huge cornucopia of birds we don’t get to see in our own back yards. Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge of birds at the park. I’ve wondered what a few of the birds were but had no idea till coming across your informative site. thanks again, Anna

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