I stopped by this MetroPark southeast of Columbus late this morning, and found water levels high, but falling. A rim of mud was at Ellis Pond, Teal Pond, and Mallard Marsh, but shorebirds were not much in evidence. Still there were many other kinds of birds to keep one entertained, including:
Sandhill Cranes - 4 were at Mallard marsh, while another 2 flew over Ellis Pond calling
waterfowl - aside from the handful of geese,woodies, and mallards, there were also a few Blue-winged Teal, and small flocks of 6-7 Green-winged Teal at both Mallard Marsh and Ellis Pond
Other waterbirds - Teal Pond had 4 Pied-billed Grebes and a Coot, while Ellis had 5 cormorants
Egrets - Great Egrets were noticeable, with 2 at Teal Pond, 7 at Mallard Marsh, and 2 at Ellis Pond
Raptors - Red-tails were at several places, and Coopers were at nearby Portman Park (2) and Teal Pond (1).
Flycatchers - little other than a few E.Phoebes Vireos - only had 1 White-eyed, along the Meadowlark Trail Thrushes - Robins were common, but others were not, with only 1 Swainson's at Portman Park Warblers - scarce, but Portman had Black-thr.Green, Magnolia, Nashville, and Redstart, while Ellis Pond had Yellow-rumps, Palm, and ComYellowthroat Bunting,Grosbeak - 1 molting Indigo Bunting along the Meadowlark Trail; no grosbeaks Sparrows - no White-throats, but a Swamp Sparrow was at Ellis Pond
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