I used a few hours this morning to visit several parks along the Olentangy River in Columbus, since this river threads through fairly urban areas, and its riverside parks present an obvious migrant funnel. I started at Antrim Lake, then moved through the Olentangy Nature Trail, Whetstone Park and Kenny Park. Most of the migrants were in mixed flocks, 2 such flocks in Antrim & Whetstone, while single flocks were in the other 2 parks. Waterbirds were paltry, but the 'river' is not very wide or deep here. Notables included:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1 was at Antrim Lake, lurking in the forest at the southern end of the lake
Hummingbirds - single Ruby-throats were at nearly every stop
Great Horned Owl - 1 was hiding in the forest off the north end of Antrim Lake
Flycatchers - E.WoodPewees were still numerous, with 1-2 at every stop. Phoebes were at Antrim Lake.
Swallows - not a single one
Vireos - still plenty, with 1-2 Warbling & Red-eyed at every stop. A Philadelphia was along the river at Whetstone.
Wrens,Gnatcatcher - House Wrens were common at the Whetstone prairie, while a late-ish Gnatcatcher was at Antrim
Thrushes - Swainson's were common, with 15 at Antrim Lake and lesser #s elsewhere. A Veery and 2 Gray-cheeks were at Antrim.
Mimids - Gray Catbirds were common at all 4 sites, while a Brown Thrasher was at Whetstone.
Cedar Waxwings - flocks everywhere, feeding on berries. 120+ at Whetstone was the high count.
Warblers - 14 species, including Parula, Nashville, Tennessees (7), Magnolias (3), Chesnut-sided (4), Cape Mays (2), Black-thr.Greens (4), Blackburnians, Bay-breasted (3), Blackpolls (8), Black&White (2), Amer.Redstart (12), Ovenbird, and Wilson's. Antrum had 9 species, Whetstone 8.
Grosbeaks, Buntings - Indigo Buntings were around the pocket prairie at Whetstone
Tanagers - 1 Scarlet was along the river at Whetstone.
Sparrows - still not much in evidence other than the resident Song Sparrows at Antrim and Whetstone.
Blackbirds - little other than a few Grackles at Whetstone
Finches - large flock of 100+ Goldfinches has started to amass at the pocket prairie in Whetstone, feeding on the composite seeds there.
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