Late Migrants at the Reservoirs: 22 October, 2017

Late Migrants at the Reservoirs: 22 October, 2017

The Columbus Audubon trip to these two reservoirs north of Columbus found some expected late migrants this morning. At Alum Creek Lake, we stopped at the beach and Visitor’s Center area and the New Galena Boat launch area, but found little in the way of migrant fallout. At Hoover, stops at Plumb Road access and…

The Olentangy Corridor: 07 October, 2017

The Olentangy Corridor: 07 October, 2017

The Columbus Audubon trip to parks along this greenbelt in north Columbus and Worthington found a warm, breezy day, with spotty migrant distribution. We stopped at Antrim Lake park and the River Bluff area of Highbanks Metropark, and I visited Whetstone Park before the start, so it was a good representation of the corridor. Notables included: Raptors – Red-shoulders…

The Urban Scioto: 23 September, 2017

The Urban Scioto: 23 September, 2017

The Columbus Audubon trip around this downtown MetroPark this morning found a rapidly heating day and few migrants. Water level in the Scioto River was very low, attracting in fair numbers of herons and killdeer. Shore riparian woods had lots of residents, but cedar waxwings were the only migrant in numbers. I also made stops at Long Street…

Creature Feature: Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
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Creature Feature: Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

One of the most ubiquitous birds of eastern North America, The Northern Cardinal has benefited from an uncanny ability to adapt to human-modified habitats.  Both the common and genus names refer to the rich red robes and caps of Catholic high-priests called cardinals, but this color is only in mature males (of the bird, that…

2016 Columbus CBC Weathers Icy Morning for Good Birds

2016 Columbus CBC Weathers Icy Morning for Good Birds

Summary On December 18, 66 observers sponsored by CAS spent the day counting birds in different areas of Columbus.  An icy morning shortened the day for many teams, but not before many of them found good birds. The teams were able to skate to totals of 86 species and 21,262 individual birds. Count Date: December…

Creature Feature: The Frog that Ate the Midwest
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Creature Feature: The Frog that Ate the Midwest

Bullfrogs. They’re our ideal mental image of a frog: squat, slick, and green, with big eyes and a loud croak. They make homes in all our man-made habitats: farm ponds, reservoirs, and even roadside ditches. Plus they’re good to eat…or at least their legs are, so that they’re actually managed as a game animal. But there are still a…