While Lost Valley Trail remains partially submerged under water and essentially inaccessible, a good alternative is the Hamburg Trail that is in the same area. I accessed it on the
west side of Hwy 94 from the 2nd trail access parking lot south of Francis Howell High School. (The turn in comes up quickly).
The portion of the trail from the parking lot access to the tunnel under Hwy 94 is heavily wooded, so that's the kind of birds you'll find there. I saw a
BLACK VULTURE pass directly above me only about 50 - 75 meters above. All of its distinguishing features were easily observed. Interestingly, I encountered Jethro Runco on the trail, along with five others in the group, coming from the direction I was
heading, they also saw the Black Vulture.
Here is the list of breeding songbird migrant species that I encountered on the trail. There were many individuals of almost every species listed here, except I only heard one Worm-eating Warbler.
Easter Wood Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Note: You can also access this trail by parking at the Lost Valley Trail parking lot. Cross Hwy 94 there and where you see the paved road get onto that and follow your own sense of direction. You'll see a tunnel that goes under Hwy 94. Once there, just follow
the path that leads into the forest.
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