Camp Dennison

Today was the the day that we were going to Bowling Green to do a university visit. However with the threat of inclement weather there was a last minute change. We stayed home. So I went birding. I just recently obtained the gate pass for the Camp Dennison gravel pits, and I was raring to go. Called John Marvin this morning to see if he’d like to join me, since he’s not actually been inside. We meet up a little past 8 am, and then proceeded to put our game face on. I really do love this place, especially when it’s snowing. I just wish that the Indian Hill city government would open it up to innocent birding types like me.

The snow was coming down heavy enough to obscure viewing some of the distant ducks. It’s difficult to   identify field marks with snow swilling around.

One of the many Canvasbacks present today.

This is the back pond. And unless you have a pass to access this area you would never know that this pond was back here. It was loaded today.

A view back down the road and the main lake in the background.

We spent a couple of hours here and came away with a respectable list of birds. I really like birding with John, he’s got young ears with keen eyesight and his knowledge of birds is very good. Can’t wait till next Saturday.

Here’s our list for the morning.

  1. Canvasback
  2. Ruddy Duck
  3. Pied-billed Grebe
  4. Common Coot
  5. Canada Geese
  6. Bufflehead
  7. Ring-necked Duck
  8. Mallard
  9. Red Head
  10. Green-wing Teal
  11. Hooded Merganser
  12. American Wigeon
  13. Belted Kingfisher
  14. Lesser Scaup
  15. Ring-billed Gull
  16. Killdeer
  17. White-throated Sparrow
  18. Starling
  19. Northern Cardinal
  20. American Goldfinch
  21. Song Sparrow
  22. Downy Woodpecker
  23. Golden-crowned Kinglet

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