Winter residents were on the move in this southeast Columbus suburb. I stopped at Blacklick Ridge Park, Blacklick Woods, Reynoldsburg Civic Park, and Pine Quarry Park, and had numbers of winter 'migrants'. Included in the tally were
Killdeer - birds at nearly every stop, with 3 at Reynoldsburg Civic Park the high Woodcock - 1 was flushed from a thicket in Blacklick Ridge Park Blue Jays - small flocks at many locations, with 14 at Blacklick Ridge the high Horned Lark - a flyover at Blacklick Woods heading north was the only one Winter Wren - 1 was still lurking in the ravine at Pine Quarry Park Brown Creeper - still scarce, but did have 1 at Pine Quarry Juncos - small flocks at several areas, with 16 at Blackiick Woods the high Red-winged Blackbirds - widespread and common Rusty Blackbirds - 4-5 were with a flock of Grackles at Blacklick Woods around a vernal pool Grackles - small flocks at many different areas Pine Siskin - 1 was singing in the pine woods at Pine Quarry Park
Also notable were missing species: no Tree Sparrows or E.Towhees, so presumably our winter residents of these species are already heading out.
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