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FALL 2017   
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 at Buck 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 on Saturday.            
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.  

Saturday, 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.  

Saturday, 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 wildflowers.  

Saturday, October 14th, 7:30 AM                         Buck Creek State Park Leader This 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.