Creature Feature: Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)
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Creature Feature: Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)

I saw the small bird out of the corner of my eye as it hovered only inches from my head, plucking insects from a budding branch. It was a ‘BTG’ or Black-throated Green Warbler; one of the more fearless migrants, and its closeness that spring morning took my breath away. Almost all local birders have…

Creature Feature: Tree Swallow
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Creature Feature: Tree Swallow

The Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor ) is one of our earliest, hardiest insect-eating migrants. Their scientific name means ‘swift-moving two-colored’ in reference to their quick acrobatic flight and their dark iridescent backs contrasting with their white bellies. These beautiful blue-green swallows winter in areas around the Gulf of Mexico and start heading north in late…

2010 Columbus CBC: Overwhelming Cold Weather Again

2010 Columbus CBC: Overwhelming Cold Weather Again

2010 Columbus CBC Participants Overwhelm Cold Weather – Again! Summary On December 19, 62 observers sponsored by Columbus Audubon spent the day counting birds in different areas of Columbus. The weather was cold for the date, being cloudy with a temperature between 9 – 26 ° F. The sky was cloudy for the morning, with…

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

The scientific name means ‘whiteheaded sea-eagle’, which is quite appropriate given their appearancee and fondness for wide-open seashores and lakeshores. They’re part of a large group of sea-eagles, long-winged coastal birds quite different from the stockier Golden Eagles more common in arid inland areas of North America, Europe, and Asia. This is yet another avian…