Glacier Ridge Metro Park: Observation Tower at Wetlands Sunset - Photo Renata Ramsini

In March, the Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Young Birders Club did maintenance work on the Bluebird nest box grid at Glacier Ridge Metro Park in Columbus. Chapter members had installed the nestboxes four years ago.

Rather than a full report for this project, we have impressions from a few the Ohio Young Birders Club participants:

From Joey Tomei:  “My favorite part of the trip was birdwatching at Corazon Pond. This is because I was amazed by the diversity of waterfowl at the pond despite the close proximity of residential areas. I also enjoyed replacing the nest box poles.”

From Jacob Stinnett:  “It was wonderful returning to Glacier Ridge Metro Park to do some maintenance on the nest box grid that we installed almost four years ago. It was rewarding to modify the grid that we had put in to enhance the habitat for the birds and allow them more space and more boxes in which they can nest and raise their young. At a nearby pond, our group saw many migratory waterfowl, including Horned Grebes and Lesser Scaup. The day was finished with participation in a program being held by the naturalists at GRMP about salamanders and the importance of vernal pools that provide critical habitat for salamanders to lay eggs and find food in the spring and early summertime.”

You can see photos from this trip here.

The following list of species seen was compiled by Ohio Young Birders Club Central Ohio Chapter member Joey Tomei.

Canada Goose  Branta canadensis 
Canvasback  Aythya valisineria
Redhead  Aythya americana
Lesser Scaup  Aythya affinis
Bufflehead  Bucephala albeola
Pied-billed Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps 
Horned Grebe  Podiceps auritus
Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura 
Cooper’s Hawk  Accipiter cooperii 
Red-tailed Hawk  Buteo jamaicensis 
American Coot  Fulica americana 
Killdeer  Charadrius vociferus 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  Melanerpes carolinus 
Downy Woodpecker  Picoides pubescens
Blue Jay  Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow  Corvus brachyrhynchos 
Tree Swallow  Tachycineta bicolor
Carolina Chickadee  Poecile carolinensis 
Eastern Bluebird  Sialia sialis
American Robin  Turdus migratorius
European Starling  Sturnus vulgaris
Song Sparrow  Melospiza melodia
Red-winged Blackbird  Agelaius phoeniceus 
Eastern Meadowlark  Sturnella magna
Common Grackle  Quiscalus quiscula
House Finch  Haemorhous mexicanus
House Sparrow  Passer domesticus