Date: 2/24/18 10:20 am From: Robert Thorn <robthorn6...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] PickPonds,2-24:SingingSandhills,amorousEagles
The rainy weather didn't seem to depress the birds at this wetland complex southeast of Columbus. Lots of birds were singing and displaying, and the ponds had a burst of early diver migrants. However, the Heron rookery had no activity at all. Notables included:
Diving Ducks - flocks of Ring-necks & Redheads were at several of the wetlands; Greenwing Pond had the biggest numbers. Dabbling Ducks - nothing besides Mallards; high water may have spread out others aways from ponds Other Waterfowl - a Horned Grebe was at Ellis Pond, and a Bufflehead and a few Hooded Mergansers were at Greenwing Pond. Mallard Marsh had a modest flock of Coots. SandhillCranes - a pair were calling near Mallard Marsh, possibly the ones seen on-and-off here most of the Fall and Winter. Bald Eagles - a pair were noisily procreating at Arrowhead Marsh, so they may be planning to nest nearby. Fruit-eaters - Robins were common, but there were also a few Bluebirds and a single Mockingbird Blackbirds - Redwing males were everywhere, but no females yet Sparrows - many singing Song Sparrows, but also had a few White-crowns and Trees around the feeder at the Wood Duck picnic area
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