This morning was the summer’s third installment of Columbus Audubon’s Birding by Kayak at The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC) located on the west side of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir just north of the village of Shawnee Hills. The trip was led by CA president, Bill Heck and me.
Before we even got into our kayaks, several species of birds, including an Eastern Towhee, made their presence known. Great Blue Herons and Belted Kingfishers abounded both in Twin Lakes and out on the reservoir. Green Herons were going about their business on Eversole Run. In the sky, a Red-tailed Hawk sailed by among numerous Turkey Vultures. The weather cooperated as well, with sunny skies and cool, pleasant temperatures. Dark clouds and a stiff breeze showed up just as we turned toward home as if to remind us of our good luck. As we were getting ready to call it a day, a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird put in an appearance. It was an exciting find and a great way to end the trip since hummingbirds seem to be in short supply this year.
The full species list is as follows:
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Wood Pewee
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow