I took some time to visit these two parks north of Columbus today, and had migration still sputtering along. At Alum Creek Lake, I roamed around the beach and Visitors Center woods, while at Highbanks I hiked the Coyote Trail. The beach at Alum Creek Lake didn't have a godwit, but still held the Black-bellied Plover, as well as a scruffy-looking Ruddy Turnstone and 3-4 Spotted Sandpipers. Landbirds between there and Highbanks MetroPark included:
-Flycatchers - multiple Wood Pewees and Great Cresteds at both spots, but the Alum Creek Lake Beach also had a few Willow Flycatchers, and Highbanks had Acadian and Leasts
-Swallows - the Alum Cr.Lake Beach had Tree, Cliff, Barn, and Bank Swallows, as well as Purple Martins
-Vireos - Red-eyed were the most common at both sites with 3-4 at each, while ALum Lake also had 2 Warbling, and Highbanks had a White-eyed and 2 Yellow-throated
-Thrushes - Swainsons still common, with 3-4 at each site. Highbanks also had a Wood and a late Hermit thrush
-Warblers - neither location had large numbers. ALum Cr. lake had 6 species, while Highbanks had 12, with the list including Yellow (5+ at Alum Beach area), Tennessees, Magnolias (4+ at Highbanks), Black-thr.Green, Yellow-rumped, Black&White, Blackburnian, Redstarts (5+ at Highbanks), Ovenbirds, LaWaterthrush, ComYellowthroats, Kentucky (1 at Highbanks)
-Tanagers - Scarlets were singing at both sites, while Highbanks had a Summer tanager
-Buntings,Grosbeaks - Indigo Buntings were common at both spots; also had singing Rose-br.Grosbeaks at both spots
-Orioles - much quieter, with only 1-2 Baltimores at each spot.
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