I stopped at several points around the northern regions of this long State Park near Delaware, Ohio, and found lots of activity for such a late summer morning. I started at Berlin Station access and Big Run Road access, and had a nice, but not unusual morning. That changed in about 5 minutes along Big Run Rd access, when I had -a singing Black&White Warbler (scarce breeder near Columbus), -a Blue-winged Warbler feeding a fledgling (another scarce breeder here), and -an adult Broad-winged Hawk (very scarce summer resident here).
Subsequent stops at Howard Rd Bridge, Hogback Rd basin, and Hogback Preserve kept the interesting birds trickling in, including
Ospreys - at least 8 were hanging around the nests in Hogback Basin; Dick Tuttle told me that all 4 nests there had produced 3 young apiece, so the area was swimming in Ospreys.
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 was calling at Hogback Preserve, whose forested ravines would make great nesting habitat
White-eyed Vireos - calling birds were at both Howard Rd bridge and along Hogback Rd north of the Basin
Purple Martins - small #s at nearly all stops, topped by 10 along Hogback Rd at the entrance to Hogback Preserve
Tanagers - singing Scarlets were at Hogback basin and Hogback Preserve, while a singing Summer was along the dry forest ridge just above Hogback Basin
Along with plenty of expected resident birds, many singing, it made the cool morning seem more like late June than late July.
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