Date: 8/6/17 10:39 am
From: rob thorn <robthorn...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] SciotoAudubon-Berliner,8-06:BlueGrosbeaks,Herons
I visited a few areas near downtown Columbus this morning, including Scioto Audubon MetroPark, Berliner Park, the Greenlawn cemetery, and RhodesPark-SullivantTrace. The 2 latter sites, away from the river, didn't have much, but Scioto Audubon and Berliner had quite a few birds. Highlights included:

BlueGrosbeaks - as is often the case, they wait until August to show up here. 1 male was singing just north of the Grange Audubon Center, while another was in the big field at the south end of Berliner Park. Listen for their rolling finch-like song.

Herons - small groups of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets were at both Scioto Audubon and Berliner, and both parks also had Green Herons

Flycatchers - lots of calling Pewees, but also had single calling Acadian and Great Crested, as well as E.Kingbirds, all along the river

Swallows - Barn Swallows and Cliff Swallows were noticeable at both river parks

Gnatcatchers - good numbers at both Scioto Audubon and Berliner suggest these birds are already migrating

Orioles - Baltimores were at both Scioto and Berliner, while Scioto had a female Orchard scolding a mink in the wetlands area north of the Grange Audubon Center

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