Green Lawn Owl Prowl

Participants assemble for the 2016 Green Lawn Owl Prowl

Participants assemble for the 2016 Green Lawn Owl Prowl

Saw-whet Owl hiding in the branches

The object of our search: a Northern Saw-whet Owl. Alas, we did not find one this day.

Participants assemble for the 2016 Green Lawn Owl Prowl

Participants assemble for the 2016 Green Lawn Owl Prowl

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, Columbus Audubon revived a formerly annual tradition by surveying Green Lawn Cemetery for migrating Saw-whet Owls. A group of 37 people met at 9 a.m. to search the cemetery’s 360 acres, peeking into nearly 2,000 coniferous trees for the tiny owls. Splitting into several groups, the birders scoured the cemetery.  Although no Saw-whet Owls were found this year, notable birds we did observe included Pine Siskins, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Merlin, a displaying Red-shouldered Hawk, nesting Red-tailed Hawks and nesting Great Horned Owls, Brown Creepers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Cooper’s Hawk, and Eastern Bluebirds nesting in a natural cavity.

Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to next year’s prowl.