Fall has arrived in cooler weather and a rush of Kinglets.
My camera got left behind this weekend, so I only have a few snaps from my cell phone to keep you us to date. The weekend started off with a Friday night Saw-whet Owl banding at Lowe-Volk park in Crawford county. Sorry to report it was a bust. (Go here if you want to see last year's owl post.)
The Saw-whets seem to be in short supply this year, but my friend Bob Scott Placier caught a few passerines on Saturday morning.
|Golden Crown Kinglet|
The kinglets are here in good number now. They make the high pitched tse-tse-tse call you might be hearing as you pass through a white pine grove. They are a true hearing test bird, and likely one of the first bird calls "lost" when your hearing starts to go. They come in two flavors. The Golden-crowned Kinglet as seen in the photo above, and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet as pictured in Bob's hand below.
Golden-crowns are a bit more common in Ohio, but both species regularly occur here in October during the fall migration.
|Bob Scott Placier and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet|
Thanks to Bob Scott Placier (Dendrology professor at Hocking University and long-time Flora-Quest guide) for all the fine educational and scienticific work he does while banding birds. I encourage you to attend his one of his programs at Lowe-Volk Park next spring. Bob is truly one of Ohio's unsung heros! He may be on the quiet-side, but do yourself a favor and engage this man in conversation! He has much to say on birds and books, our two favorite topics of conversation.
|Shelly and Mark Goodman gearing up for a run.|
|More birding with Jim McCormac at the OOS Killdeer Plains event.|
As always, it was great to be teamed up with my long-time mentor and friend Jim McCormac. And for a special treat, I hope you will click the link to his blog post to learn all about the Red-headed Woodpeckers and Rusty Blackbirds that we saw.
Special thanks to Bob Placier and Jim McCormac for all the educational work they have done throughout Ohio. I was fortunate to serve with both on the Ohio Ornithological Society's board and for many years at Flora-Quest. Thanks to their efforts, many people in Ohio have learned more and enjoyed the beauty of our birds, trees and native plants!