Monday, April 30, 2007

A visit to Blendon Woods Metro park

On April 23, Steve and I went birding at Blendon Woods while Meghan was at rehearsal with the Jr Strings of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra. We hadn't been to this park before, but it's pretty close to the school where rehearsals take place so it was a good opportunity to get a bit of birding in while we waited.

There wasn't a whole lot going on during our walk to the pond. We stopped at one of the blinds and saw a lot of activity in the vicinity of the feeder. Here are some birds spotted there that afternoon.

A Song Sparrow gathering seed from the ground.

Ok, not a bird, but this chipmunk was sure cute.

White-breasted nuthatch.

White-throated Sparrow.

Carolina Chickadee. Chickadee-dee-dee! I love their song.

Eastern Phoebe.

Another white-throated sparrow.

Chipping Sparrow.

The ubiquitous Northern Cardinal.

Female brown-headed cowbird.

Red-bellied Woodpecker


Anonymous said...

if just one red bird, such as your cardinal, showed up around here, it would make the 11o'clock news! such a beautiful color!

Andi Wolfe said...

I do love the cardinals. They are so common here that we take them for granted. They also have a wide variety of songs and if you hear one that's unfamiliar, you go looking for the newcomer. "Oh -it's just a cardinal. . ."

I feel rather lucky to be in Ohio during bird migration season. We're on a major pathway that brings an interesting mix of birds in the spring and fall. The cardinals are year-round residents and their red color is absolutely stunning in the winter against a snowy backdrop.

Anonymous said...

The last bird in the post is a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Andi Wolfe said...

Yep, you're right! I had a major typo (senior moment?) when I posted. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.