Mostly resident birds were active at these two north Pickaway County
Preserves this morning. Both wetlands had high water levels and few
waterbirds, but both had lots of singing landbirds. Best were two warblers
that likely strayed to Stage's Pond woodlands: an Ovenbird (singing on the
White Oak Trail) and a Worm-eating (singing near the Multiflora Trail
start). Neither typically nest here, so I assume that they were
prospecting for new nesting territories. Other unusuals included
-cuckoos - Yellow-billeds calling at both spots, with 4+ at Stage's Pond
-WillowFlycatchers - only a few at each park
-BrownThrasher - singers at both parks
-Rose-br.Grosbeaks - 4 at Stage's Pond and another at Mackey Ford
-Orioles - both Baltimores and Orchards at both parks
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