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The picture is a Prothonotary Warbler taken by Doug Overacker.                 Last Updated 3/29/18

Christmas Bird Count Results

We had our highest count of species and most observers ever on the 2017 CBC. Check out the results on the Christmas Bird Count tab. The highlight was a Snowy Owl seen at Buck Creek State Park.

April 14, 2018  7:30 AM   South Charleston Bike Trail

We shall meet at the parking lot at the corner of Croft and Robert Eastman Roads which is at the southwest corner of the reservoir. Please contact Doug Overacker at 937-324-1871 if you want to meet us in South Charleston. This is a long walk but the walking is very easy. It is all on a paved path with no hills so no need for boots. This has been an interesting walk over the years. We have a great list of sparrows for this walk and a good list of other birds. We should see Vesper Sparrows and probably White-crowned Sparrows along with more common species. This is also the only place in the county to see the introduced Eurasian Collared-Dove.

April 16, 2018   7:00 PM  Brazil Program

Doug and Julie will show pictures and talk about their trip to Brazil in September to October 2017. They visited the Pantanal and some nearby areas in southern Brazil. The Pantanal is a large seasonal wetland that attracts thousands of birds. The show will be held at the NTPRD office on Mitchell Boulevard just west of the skateboard park. Call Doug at 324-1871 for more information.

April 21. 2018  7:30 AM  Estel Wenrick Wetlands

We shall be meeting at Estel Wenrick Wetlands this morning. Please note this is a different meeting place than usual. Park at the parking lot on Union Road. We shall walk the trail through the woods first and then walk trails in the prairie. We should see a couple species of warblers on this walk. We should also see a few species of sparrows. There is a Great Blue Heron nesting colony at the wetlands and we should see them. The walk could be very wet so be prepared. The walking is level.

Recent Bird Sightings

Large numbers of Common Loons have been moving through the area. Over 100 have been counted at Buck Creek State Park at the south end of the lake. There have also been lots of Double-crested Cormorants. There have been a some American White Pelicans at the north end of the lake along with several species of ducks. An easy place to see ducks is Old Reid Park. Several species of ducks have been there and they are fairly close. We now know of two Bald Eagle nests in the county. You can see one of the nests from the Wallmart parking lot on Bechtle Avenue although it is rather distant. Look west toward Mad River. It should be visible until the leaves come out.

This duck was photographed by Larry Jeanblanc in Old Reid Park on 10/26/17. It looks a little odd to me. The bill looks like a Ring-necked Duck but the side looks too white and the head looks too round to me. If you have any comments on this bird, please email me at cdoveracker@woh.rr.com.

Photo by Larry Jeanblanc on 11/26/17

Photo by Larry Jeanblanc on 11/26/17

Photo by Larry Jeanblanc on 11/26/17

Photo by Larry Jeanblanc on 11/26/17

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Buck Creek State Park beach on October 16.

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Buck Creek State Park beach on October 16.