We will be having fewer bird walks this fall. This is an
exciting time of year as there are more birds migrating south after the nesting
season. The birds may be a little duller since many have molted into their
winter plumage but it is still interesting to see all of the birds that are
heading south to their warm winter homes. We shall be meeting atBuck
Creek State Park at the parking lot at the corner of Croft and Robert Eastman
Roads for all of the bird trips this fall.
This is at the southwest corner of the dam near the tower. The trips are
Do not let inexperience keep you from participating on
our field trips. We all started at one time and our leaders are always willing
to help in any way possible. Be sure to dress for protection from the weather,
brush, briars, and muddy conditions. Wear comfortable shoes that will keep your
feet warm and dry. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.
Times indicated are departure times, so be ready to leave
the assembly point at that time. Please call the leader before meeting the
group at the destination instead of the usual meeting place at Buck Creek State
Park. For additional information call Doug
Overacker at 324-1871.
September 2nd, 7:30 AM Buck Creek State Park Warblers
should be migrating through the area by this date. We shall also check the
beach for shorebirds, gulls, and terns. This can be a really pleasant time of
year to be out. If the birds aren’t very active, we should be able to find some
butterflies. The walk should be over by 11:30 AM.
Saturday, September 9th,
7:30 AM Battelle Darby Metropark This
park just east of Columbus has a great variety of habitats. Depending on what
is being seen there, we could walk in the woods or walk through the prairie. We
will check what is being seen in the area before choosing which trails to walk.
September 16th, 7:30 AM Gallagher Fen We will
walk the trails in this nature preserve on Old Columbus Road. Then we may walk
some trails at Buck Creek State Park if anyone is interested. This is a very
nice preserve and we should see some interesting birds and maybe some late
October 14th, 7:30 AM Buck Creek State ParkLeader
is one of my favorite times of year to bird here. There are still some late
warblers coming through and we have had great luck finding Orange-crowned
Warblers. There are sparrows and shorebirds and other possible species.
Saturday, October 21st,
7:30 AM Glacier Ridge Metropark This
area is southeastern Union County has woods, prairie, and wetlands with many
trails. We will walk some trails in each area. We should see some sparrows and
many other birds. The walking is level and easy.
Saturday, October 28th,
7:30 AM Estel Wenrick Wetlands This is a nice area with a
woodland trail and a prairie trail. We shall walk in the woods first and then
walk some of the trails in the prairie. Woodpeckers are common here, sometimes
including Pileated Woodpecker. We might see some sparrows in the prairie area.