Today I spent much of the day monitoring parts of the Hoover Nature Preserve (Galena area, Delaware County) for Prothonotary Warbler activity. Along the Old Sunbury Road and by the Eastshore Yacht Club I tallied 16 Prothonotary Warblers, 14 males and 2 females. I observed the males bringing food to multiple nest boxes along my nest box trail as well as to one of the nest boxes OSU Professor Tonra and his students installed. The birds were quite active and made my morning enjoyable. Among the males I observed were 5 that had leg bands attached by the OSU project.
I had two bonuses during my walk, the first was a hen Wild Turkey with 9 poults. They were so small they must have hatched within the lsst day or so. The other treat was very good sightings of 7 Yellow-billed Cuckoos. I heard several more cuckoos in the area. They are at the early stages of their nesting cycle.
Some additional notable species along Old Sunbury Road were Green Heron, Black Vulture, Wood Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Red-headed Woodpecker, Acadian Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler and Common Yellowthroat.
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