I checked out a few areas in the Scioto River floodplain south of Columbus, between Circleville and Shadeville, looking for late nesters and early migrants. The stars of the morning were 2 Blue Grosbeaks; one was singing across from the Island Road quarry in Circleville, while the other was still hanging around the Hibbs Road canoe launch at Scioto Grove MetroPark. Add in birds I saw the prior two days at Battelle Darby Metropark and Techcenter Drive in Gahanna, and it's shaping up to be a good year for these late summer vagrants.
Other birds weren't as interesting, but I did have small flocks of swallows, mostly Barn and Rough-winged, at several spots. 10+ Cliff Swallows were still around the River Road Bridge Colony in Circleville. Ospreys were fishing along creeks in Lockbourne and Shadeville, and a Kestrel was being pursued by a swallow mob along Island Road.
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