Date: 2/8/18 5:59 pm From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Subject: Mid-Ohio River Valley--Fox Sparrow, Mute Swan, Long-tailed Duck
A very long day began at the St. Marys Marina in Pleasants County, followed by stops in Wood, Mason, Jackson, and Wood County again, ending at the Belleville Ohio River access site about 8.5 hours later. Highlights:
St. Marys Marina:
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge--Middle Island:
Peregrine Falcon--1 adult perched on the highest point of the superstructure of the Ohio River Bridge, which would put it in Ohio per Google Maps.
French Creek Public Access Site, mostly frozen:
Bald Eagle--3 immatures. 2 second-year birds in the adjacent field, and 1 other immature flying over the river about 0.5 mile south.
Willow Island Lock and Dam:
Ring-billed Gull--2 No ducks or geese at all.
Ohio River Islands NWR--Visitor Center feeders:
Dark-eyed Junco--2 White-throated Sparrow--12 Fox Sparrow--1 Eastern Towhee--3 males
After lunch, McClintic Wildlife Management Area, 4 different areas. All ponds were frozen, except for the 2 large eastern ponds, which were only partly frozen:
Canada Goose--250 Herring Gull--3 European Starling--1 mostly white leucistic bird among a flock of 30.
Ravenswood Washington's Riverfront Park:
Belleville Lock and Dam:
Canvasback--3 Scaup species--5, too distant to tell species Common Goldeneye--2 Long-tailed Duck--1 male extremely distant. Reported earlier in day by Mountwood Bird Club field trip. Only identifiable by the all-white head and mostly dark body. Unsatisfying view. Red-breasted Merganser--1 Ring-billed Gull--150 Herring Gull--12
Belleville Ohio River Access Site, wetlands completely frozen:
Mallard--75 along river shore to north of fishing dock