Notes From The Field

Now that I know what a shut-in might feel like, Phil suggested a little field trip to see how my knee holds up, or to quote Phil a little “Ornithological Therapy”. What we were looking for was do some birding without putting too much stress on my knee. Driving from one destination to another and do a little birding at each location. And since I was able to pick the locations I naturally picked Lost Bridge, Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp, Shawnee Lookout Park, and the Oxbow.

We arrived at Lost Bridge at 10:00 am and with the recent rain the river had covered most of the mud flats that has been ever present during most of the Summer. As with Lost Bridge and all the other places we visited today, I was just happy to get outside and do some birding even if the birds weren’t all that spectacular.

From there we went to the canoe access at Shawnee Lookout Park where I thought we might get into some migrant warbler action. The Sun by now had come up and was starting to warm the air, and with hope the birds. It was a little disappointing that we found no warblers and very little of anything else. It was becoming clear that we were going to have to work hard for the birds today. Later Phil said that it would be nice if we had St. Francis of Assisi with us so he could summon any bird we wanted. Somehow taking advantage of a patron saint could lead to a great day list, but at what cost. I may not be Catholic, but I do know not to mess with a Saint.

Shawnee Lookout was pretty quiet as my knee was beginning to ache a little, so our last stop was to be the Oxbow.

Tree Swallows were skimming the water at Oxbow lake as I was able to capture this stationary male.

A small section of a large group of Great Egrets and a few great Blue Herons on the opposite bank of Oxbow Lake.

Immature Double-crested Cormorant.

As we were leaving the Oxbow you drive by one of the casinos in Lawrenceburg Indiana and you drive parallel to a flood wall that separates the Oxbow from the city. It’s from the top of the flood wall that I snapped this next picture of these 4 Double-crested Cormorants on a log.

It was a much needed outing and with hope the beginning to a full recovery. I would have loved to have stayed longer but I really didn’t want to over exert myself and wind up back on the couch with my leg elevated. There’s plenty more birds out there and a lot more Autumn left to go.

Notable birds for the day include:

  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. Tufted Titmouse
  3. Red-winged Blackbird
  4. Carolina Chickadee
  5. Carolina Wren
  6. Downy Woodpecker
  7. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  8. Belted Kingfisher
  9. Killdeer
  10. Pectoral Sandpiper
  11. Spotted Sandpiper
  12. Bald Eagle
  13. Red-tailed Hawk
  14. American Kestrel
  15. Turkey Vulture
  16. Common Crow
  17. Rock Dove
  18. Mourning Dove
  19. Canada Goose
  20. Great Blue Heron
  21. Great Egret
  22. Mallard
  23. Blue-wing Teal
  24. Northern Shoveler
  25. Blue Jay
  26. Gray Catbird
  27. White-breasted Nuthatch
  28. ? Flycatcher
  29. Eastern Phoebe
  30. Double-crested Cormorant
  31. Song Sparrow
  32. Magnolia Warbler
  33. Palm Warbler
  34. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  35. American Goldfinch

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2 responses to “Notes From The Field

  1. Good day.
    Glad you responded to the positive therapy.

  2. May the knee bounce back better than ever!

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