Hoover Happenings: Fall 2010
Over the years I have recorded 254 bird species at Hoover Reservoir. Others have recorded additional species. Jim McCormac rightfully lists Hoover Reservoir as one of the top birding locations in Ohio in his book Birds of Ohio. The Audubon Society has identified the area at the north end of Hoover Reservoir as an Important Birding Area (IBA).
Delaware County's Ospreys in 2010
Dick Tuttle reports on the 2010 nesting season for Ospreys in Delaware County. The success story continues!
Invasive species: Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha)
We have been featuring invasive species in the Song Sparrow for over five years without mention of the Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) which arguably could be the poster child for invasives in Ohio, at least to capturing public attention.
Copper Thieves Create a Close Call For Kestrels
What's this: rural thievery creates a hazard for nesting American Kestrels? DIck Tuttle tells what could have been a hair-raising tale (literally). Fortunately, there's a happy ending for the birds!
Delaware Kestrels: The Saga of K-14
For the last eighteen years, Dick Tuttle and Dick Phillips have monitored a fifty-mile-long trail of roadside kestrel nestboxes found mostly in the northwest corner of Delaware County. Every nest has its story, and each family's nesting cycle has its own chapters of survival over time. In this article, Dick Tuttle tells us the story of nest K-14, a most intriguing history that played out as the latest and last kestrel nest of the 2010 season.