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The picture is a Prothonotary Warbler taken by Doug Overacker.                 Last Updated 4/26/18

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 27, 2018  7:30 AM   Snyder Park

We shall meet at the parking lot at the old golf course this morning at Snyder Park. The weather has been very cold but we hope that a few birds will be moving. We generally walk around the perimeter of the old golf course. Be prepared for wet grass. We should see at least a couple warblers. A few sparrows should still be around. The walking is fairly easy. Please contact Doug Overacker at 937-324-1871 for more information.

April 28, 2018   7:30 PM  Davey Woods

This is a fantastic nature preserve in Champaign County. We shall meet at the usual parking lot at Buck Creek State Park at the corner of Croft and Robert Eastman Roads. We should see a few warblers but the weather has been so cold many of them aren't back yet. There will be birds and no leaves to keep us from seeing them. The weather looks good.

May 5 to 7, 2018  Magee Marsh and Area

This is the best birding area in Ohio in the spring. We should see many warblers and lots of other birds. It is easy to see 100 species or more in the wildlife area, national wildlife area and other parks nearby. Please call Doug Overacker at 324-1871 before May 5 to make arrangements to meet the group. We shall be up there sometime on Friday and probably all day on Saturday and Sunday. Come for a day or the whole weekend.

Recent Bird Sightings

A few warblers have shown up and many more will soon arrive. We have been seeing many migrants moving through the area. Now is the time to get out. American White Pelicans have been at the north end of Buck Creek State Park for almost a month. We saw 10 at the peak and on April 25 there were still two remaining.

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.