Where We Are Birding – September

Where We Are Birding – September

Each month, our OOS Regional Directors are sharing their favorite birding hotspots in their respective regions – and beyond. These include some well-know destinations, specialty spots for specific species, and their own secret, treasured local patches. Have a favorite birding location? Reach out to your OOS Regional Director and let them know!

Amy Downing – Northwest Regional Director

Findlay Reservoir – Hancock County

As the largest upground reservoir in Ohio completed in 1968 with Reservoir 1 and 2 combined for a total 850 acres of clear open water, this has become my spring/fall/winter “daily patch” just 10 minutes from home. I hit it most days of the week and sometimes twice on Sundays! The challenges now are blazing sun, mostly powerful winds, and constant walkers and dogs also enjoying the open water and stone walkways. The “normal” shorebirds I expect are Buff-breasted and Baird’s Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover and Sandpipers, Black-belled and American Golden Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, and American Avocets. This last week I caught a brat pack of Black Terns and four Red-necked Phalarope interacting!

As the shorebirds move out with October I look forward to winter time birding with waterfowl including all the ducks, grebes, geese and thousand of gulls to pick through in biting cold and wind. The Findlay Reservoir can be brutal in all seasons, but also the best challenge and reward!

Kandace Glanville – Central Regional Director

Blendon Woods Metro Park – Franklin County

Good for either spring or fall migration, Blendon Woods Metro Park (Franklin county) is my go-to place for fall warblers. The back trail leading from the Nature Center to Thoreau Pond is often stocked with migrants including warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and thrushes. As well, the Goldenrod Trail to the SE of the Nature Center is a good place to find migrants on the edges of the open meadow. If you happen to go on a poor day for migration, at least you’re guaranteed to see the Wild Turkeys that wander the Park!

Diana Steele – Northeast Regional Director

Oberlin Preserve/Prairie – Lorain County

With a small parking lot at 46785 W Hamilton St, Oberlin, the Preserve has two eBird hotspots, one for the prairie, “Oberlin Prairie” and one for the woods, “Oberlin South Woods.” The woods can also be accessed from the cul de sac at 401 Reserve Avenue in Oberlin. A former railroad right-of-way runs north-south along the eastern edge of the property, providing access to several places with different types of bird habitat.

I’ve enjoyed winnowing snipes, serenading meadowlarks, hunting great horned owls, and my COVID spirit animal, solitary sandpipers. This property promises only to improve as the prairie matures, and WRLC has plans to create additional walking paths through the woods. I’ll be there watching to see which new birds discover it.

2018 Annual Membership Drive Raffle Winners

2018 Annual Membership Drive Raffle Winners

Alvin Miller, a local Amish young man, was the recipient of first prize from our annual membership drive, Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars. Since I was the closest board member to Arvin, I was tasked with delivery of the bins.

Friend Su and I were out birding, were close to Millersburg, so decided to make delivery.

When we arrived at the address, we realized that we had chased a Harris’s Sparrow at this Amish farm many years ago. After checking old records we found that the bird showed up on 1/27/2007 and stayed until 5/3/2008. It had been a very cold and snowy winter so far. Only 3 of us showed up for our annual Castalia trip so we decided to stay local and chase this rarity. Over 400 birders came to see this bird!

The amazing thing about this story is that the young boy who found this rarity, among a flock of White-crowned Sparrows, was ALVIN MILLER. He is now a hard-working young man. When we showed up he had just returned from work and was totally surprised. He knew nothing about the drawing since he did not see any ads for the membership drive or has internet access. He was just renewing his membership to continue with OOS. (Out of respect for the Amish, we did not request a photo.) After reminiscing with him about the Harris’s Sparrow, seeing his smile, we said our goodbyes and went on our way.

Then, on February 18, OOS Treasurer Bruce Miller was honored to present Joy Alcalde with the 2nd Place prize from our annual membership drive!

Joy won a new pair of Vortex Optics Diamondback 8×42 binoculars. She was ecstatic to have won! She said the time could not have been any better as she will be leaving for a trip to Key West and is going to Dry Tortugas National Park! She is hoping these new binoculars will help her spot a Sooty Tern!

Congratulations, Joy! We hope these binoculars reward you with some great views of the birds for many years to come!

Third and fourth prizes were sent to Don Hollenbaugh and Ronald Baker via U S Mail.

CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS!!

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