Thursday, April 30, 2015

Birding Ohio's Shawnee State Forest in Late April

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to join the Ohio Ornithological Society's Spring Conference and bird the Shawnee State Forest. The weather was a little bit cold and damp, but the birding was pretty good. Some warblers seen last weekend included:

*Worm eating Warbler
*Kentucky Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow throated Warbler
Yellow breasted Chat
Louisiana Waterthrush
Yellow Rumped Warber
Pine Warbler
White eyed Vireo
Red eyed Vireo
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

At one point, our group spotted a Louisiana Waterthush, but I was facing the opposite direction, I was trying to lock focus on a nearby *Carolina Chickadee!

A Rare Gentian Species?

I really wanted to see more butterflies on this weekend, but it was cold and rainy on Saturday, and only warmed up on Sunday later in the afternoon. I did get a chance to see a Horaces' Duskywing and a Zebra Swallowtail. I probably could have seen several more species if it had been a bit warmer.

An Awesome Butterfly to Discover

Three Swallowtail Species in this Photo - Can you spot the Zebra Swallowtail?

On a more local note, I birded Malden Park in West Windsor after work and was happy to see my first decent group of Warblers. 6 Yellow Rumped, 2 Palm Warblers and a couple of Blue grey Gnatcatchers. 

Good Birding!
Horaces' Duskywing

1 comment:

  1. Sounds and looks like someone had a great time , nice to be rewarded with taking a road trip .



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