Notes From The Field

Kelley Nature Preserve

I received a interesting comment on the blog the other day. It was from Penny Jarrett, a volunteer for Little Miami Inc. She had a great idea where birders would bird a section of the Little Miami River during the “Great Backyard Bird Count”, that was held February 17th, thru the 20th. Since Little Miami Inc. owns over 50 nature preserves along the river and it’s tributaries, in reality we’d be birding in the Little Miami River’s backyard.

Founded in 1967 as a non-profit organization dedicated to restoration and protection of the Little Miami Wild and Scenic River, I thought it was a super idea as I talked to her more about this idea. Now granted it was a little late in getting put together, however there has to be a start someplace.  She even enlisted the help of Kelly Riccetti of “Red and the Peanut” blog to call upon some of her friends to help with a section near the powder plant in Kings. For myself I asked Phil to join me today as we birded Kelly Nature Preserve.

Situated along a bend in the Little Miami River, Kelley Nature Preserve is a beautiful 42 acre preserve left to the Clermont County Park District by Virginia Kelley as a memorial to her husband Walter A. Kelley. Phil and I arrived at 4:30 not knowing what kind of birds we’d find, having never birded here before. And considering the reputation the park has I’d never go there by myself, but Phil was along and everything went fine, except the birds. Being late in the afternoon this doesn’t surprise me, which I told Penny would probably happen.

It’s a nice park with well manicured trails and some good views of the river which at certain points you can walk right down to.

We spent about 75 minutes here with very sporadic bird activity. We didn’t cover every inch of the park, but with the fading light I feel we left at the right time to get home before it got too dark to see any bird.

I was able to digibin this Red-bellied Woodpecker as it clung to this bush eating their small berries. The sun was really low and the picture was darker than it appears here. I had to do some heavy cropping to get it this lightened up.

Notable birds for the day include:

  1. Northern cardinal
  2. Downy Woodpecker
  3. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  4. Carolina Wren
  5. American crow
  6. Turkey Vulture
  7. Red-tailed Hawk
  8. Tufted Titmouse
  9. Carolina Chickadee
  10. Mourning Dove
  11. Eastern Goldfinch
  12. White-throated Sparrow
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