We have a full schedule of
bird walks set for this spring. At this season the birds are rushing north and
in their best plumage. After being inside much of the winter it is great to get
out and watch the birds migrate north. 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 trips except the ones at Old Reid Park, Estel Wenrick Wetlands,
and Snyder Park. This is at the southwest corner of the dam near the tower. Most
of the trips are on Saturday but there are two Friday trips scheduled with the
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.
March 17th, 7:30 AM BuckCreekState ParkWe
shall start the spring walks with a trip to the lake to look for ducks and
other water birds. We usually see 12 or more species of ducks and may see some
grebes or loons. It could be muddy and cold so be prepared. The walk should be
over by noon.
Friday, March 23rd, 8:00
AM Old Reid ParkThis walk is with the National
Trail Parks and Recreation District. We shall meet at the bridge on Pumphouse
Road. You can get there either from Columbus Avenue or from Croft Road. We
shall walk from the bridge to the ponds looking for ducks and other water birds
as well as any other birds that show up. This walk should be a couple hours long.
Saturday, March 24th, 7:30
AM Kiser Lake State
ParkWe should see some ducks and
a few woodland birds on this trip. There are some trails which could be muddy.
We can also walk along some of the roads. This is a half day trip.
March 31st, 7:30 AM BuckCreekState ParkWe
should still see some ducks and other water birds. We may walk some trails
looking for sparrows and some other early migrants. The walk should be over by
Saturday, April 7th, 7:30
AM Glacier Ridge MetroparkWe haven’t been to this park
in Union County for awhile. It has a wetland, some woods, and some prairie.
There are nice trails and lots of places to walk. We might see some sparrows
along with some ducks. This is a half day trip. Saturday, April 14th, 7:30
AM South Charleston Bike Trail
The walking is all on a paved
trail so no boots are necessary. We might walk quite a long ways though. This
is a great place for sparrows and we should see several species which might
include White-crowned Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. We have found the only Clark
County records of a couple species of sparrows along this trail. This is a half
Saturday, April 21st, 7:30
AM Estel Wenrick Wetlands
We will be meeting at the
Estel Wenrick Wetlands parking lot on Union Road this morning. That will give
us an earlier start at this local park. We could see some early warblers this
morning. We should also see a few sparrows. Great Blue Herons nest at the
wetlands and we will see the nests. This is a half day trip.
Friday, April 27th, 8:00 AM Snyder Park
We shall meet at the
clubhouse shelter house at the old golf course. There is a trail around the old
golf course and that is where we shall walk. We should find a variety of birds
including a few warblers. The grass may be a little wet so be prepared. This
has turned out to be a good place for birds. The walk will be about two hours.
Saturday, April 28th, 7:30 AM Davey Woods
and maybe Kiser Lake
This is a very nice woods.
What we will find will depend on the weather. If we have some early warm
weather we hope to see Cerulean Warblers and some other warblers. If the
weather is nice and people want to look around a little more we might go to
Kiser Lake for a while. This is a half day trip.
Friday through Sunday May 4, 5 and 6 Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh
This is the best birding area
in the state of Ohio for spring warblers. We are going early this year. Some of
the birds won’t be here yet but there should be lots of birds and very few
leaves. There are plenty of places in the area to search. We will be just at
the beginning of the Biggest Week so there will be quite a few people. Please
call Doug to let him know if you are going and if you need any information.
Saturday, May 12th, 7:30
AM Gallagher Fen
Last year we had great birds
at this preserve. We will hope that it repeats this year. This is Migratory
Bird Day. If the weather is right there could be lots of migrants plus most of
the breeding birds will be back. There will be lots of birds to see. We may
look for a few other birds if people want to keep birding. This is a half day
May 19th, 7:30 AM BuckCreekState Park
is our last walk for the season. There should still be migrants to look for
although the leaves will make them harder to see. They will be singing and that
should help us find a long list of birds for the day. The walk should be over