Many thanks to all who planned and attended the Bobolinks & Butterflies at Byers Woods Festival in Ashland County yesterday. The weather was perfect for viewing the diversity of species and having a good time. Thank you to Gary Cowell Jr. for compiling the bird and butterfly list.
ACPD--Byers Woods Park (Bobolink Festival) Jun 22, 2019 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Canada Goose 9 Mallard (reported by Tim Leslie) Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Mourning Dove 4 Chimney Swift 2 Killdeer 2 Great Blue Heron 2 Turkey Vulture 5 Cooper's Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 Willow Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 1 Warbling Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 2 Blue Jay 4 American Crow 2 Purple Martin 6 at the gourd racks. Tree Swallow 18 Barn Swallow 5 Cliff Swallow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 1 not seen, two note song heard only. Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 1 not seen, call notes heard only, sounded most like Carolina. White-breasted Nuthatch 3 House Wren 10 Eastern Bluebird 6 Wood Thrush 1 American Robin 12 Gray Catbird 8 European Starling 65 est. Cedar Waxwing 7 House Finch 5 American Goldfinch 12 Chipping Sparrow 2 Field Sparrow 5 Savannah Sparrow 4 Henslow's Sparrow 1 heard singing. Song Sparrow 1 Bobolink 15 multiple adult birds seen carrying food. Eastern Meadowlark 10 Orchard Oriole 1 Baltimore Oriole 4 Red-winged Blackbird 25 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Common Grackle 100 est. Common Yellowthroat 8 Yellow Warbler 3 Scarlet Tanager 1 Adult male Northern Cardinal 8 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Indigo Bunting 6 House Sparrow 5
Red Admiral 7 Monarch 1 Cabbage White 45 Summer Azure 7 Eastern-tiger Swallowtail 2 Common wood-nymph 1 Silver-spotted Skipper 1 Peck's Skipper 1 Question Mark 1 Least Skipper 1 Hackberry Emperor 1 ... See MoreSee Less
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