The Columbus Audubon trip to these two hotspots found a warm day with spotty migrants. We stopped at the Alum Creek Lake beach & Visitors Center, New Galena Boat launch, and Hoover's Oxbow Island and Wiese Rd bike path. Waterbirds and raptors were very thin, while some landbird migrants (Flickers, Kinglets, Jays, Sparrows) were noticeable. Best find was a winter-plumaged Sanderling running around the beach at Alum Creek lake. Other Highlights included:
Woodpeckers - 3-4 sapsuckers and 6-7 Flickers were at Alum Creek lake spots Flycatchers - the only one was a Wood Pewee at New Galena Vireos - a Blue-headed was calling at New Galena BlueJays - no massive movement yet, but most sites had 8-12, while the Visitors Center had 20 Red-br.Nuthatch - 1 was at the point at New Galena Kinglets - Ruby-crowns were at several sites; Golden-crowns were only at New Galena, but there were 7-8 of them there.
Thrushes - a single Swainson's Thrush was at New Galena, while Robins were common at all sites
Mimids - still 2 Catbirds - 1 at the Visitors Center, 1 at Wiese Rd - despite poor berry crop Waxwings - small flocks of Cedar Waxwings at every site Warblers - scarce, with a few Yellow-rumps at every site; also had Palm (Beach), Bay-breasted (New Galena), Black-thr.Green (Oxbow)
Sparrows - White-throateds at every site, but no large numbers; also had Chipping, Field, Swamp, Songs, Towhee, all at the Visitors Center scrublands
Blackbirds - small flocks of Redwings at all sites except Wiese. Also had a few Grackles at every site
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