OYBC at Green Lawn

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Photo Earl Harrison

Yes, it looks pretty cold out here!

Our Central Ohio Young Birders hike on Saturday, November 10th can be summed up in one word: BRRRRR! This was our November outing, and we met at Green Lawn Cemetery for a bird hike and held our annual planning session. At 8:00 am when the hike started it was 20°, but with the wind chill it was a frigid 0°.  Despite the cold weather, it was a good turnout of young birders, parents, and advisors.

Gingko Tree at Green Lawn

A Gingko tree finally losing leaves on this cold fall day.

We started off the hike at the pit, where Warren filled the feeders and the birds immediately started eating the seeds. There were a couple of Pine Siskins and Dark Eyed Juncos on the feeders. Next to the pond there was a nice Cooper’s Hawk sighting. Further down from the pond was an enormous gingko tree raining yellow leaves. It was really beautiful. We headed to the bridge to take our group picture, and saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and multiple Golden-crowned Kinglets!

We then went to mausoleum to have our annual planning meeting. The Youth Advisory Board members shared their ideas of what we should do next year. There were lots of good ideas of field trips and conservation projects. Our next outing will be to the Wilds on January 18th. I hope the weather is a bit warmer!

OYBC Youth Advisors

OYBC Youth Advisors getting a jump on post-trip discussions.

Central Ohio Young Birders Club chapter member Adriana Losey kept the official trip list:

11 Mallard
6 Mourning Dove
1 Ring-billed Gull
1 Cooper’s Hawk
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
5 Blue Jay
3 Carolina Chickadee
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
4 American Robin
8 European Starling
6 House Finch
2 Pine Siskin
8 American Goldfinch
3 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
18 Red-winged Blackbird
1 American Crow
7 Northern Cardinal