If you haven’t heard by now we are be invaded from the North Country. No Canada hasn’t declared was on the United States, however a huge influx of Snowy Owls are definitely making their presence known. Even our very own Ohio Listserv is a buzz with countless sightings from the shores of Lake Erie (where 8 were observed in one day) to all the way down in my neck of the woods.
I could go on and on about these marvelous birds, but what I think I’ll do is add a hyperlink to this post which will take you to a recent article from eBird concerning the Snowies. So remember if you see one, keep your distance and don’t forget to post your sighting.
“eBird article click here”
Granted this part of Ohio doesn’t seem to be getting an exciting variety of rarities as they seem to be getting along Lake Erie, however we’ve had not one but two confirmed sightings and subsequent banding of 2 female Rufus Hummingbirds.
Bill Stanley who was the lucky one last year to have one come to his feeder in through December, he has one of the two this year. And a totally different bird as well. What are the chances of that happening? Anyway a very cool.
Once again we have another rare bird make it to East Fork State Park’s south beach area, and this time it’s a Red-necked Grebe. At first we heard from a birder who claims of an Eared Grebe seen from south beach, however this was an unconfirmed sighting. Now we have coming from the same area, and from a reliable area birder of a Red-necked Grebe. And by his description he’s correct. Last January I reported on a Red-necked Grebe at Hidden Valley Lake in Indiana during my 100 Species In January Challenge. So these do birds do make it into this area.
3 Purple Sandpipers were seen today at 3:30 pm at South Beach at East Fork State Park. This would be a lifer for me if only they would sticks around till tomorrow evening.
This may be a tad late but for those who don’t know this, there is a Swallow-tailed Kite giving great views as it perches and preens in Aurora Indiana. And also if you didn’t know this Aurora is right across the river from where 2 were seen this time last year.
I’m hoping that it sticks around till this weekend because I will make an effort to get over there and digiscope some pictures.
Yesterday evening local birder Donald Morse spotted and photographed 4 Willets and 1 Marbled Godwit at South Beach at East Fork State Park.
Heading out now while it’s not raining.