After not getting nearly enough sleep Saturday morning from working until 4am and then out again at dawn for OBBA field work, I decided to unwind by going to Camp Berry south of Findlay and.... bird, of course.
I was not dissapointed. In addition to arriving late enough (11:30am) to where the mosquitos weren't bad, I was suprised to hear two territorial singing Yellow-throated Warblers and tow singing Northern parulas, all within 200 yards of the pool at the scout camp.
Catching sight of one of the Yellow-throated Warblers, I was pumped to see it feeding a rather well developed young bird. Also the two singing YTWA's were at opposite ends of a rather large open field, so I wonder if that represents two separate pairs. YTWA's are rather rare breeders for Hancock County; I've only observed probable breeding evidence for this species from a small section of the Blanchard River just north of Mount Blanchard. It's possible they could also breed around the Clay Pits and maybe Van Buren State Park. Parula's are a bit more common, but still localized to our larger woodlots.
- ▼ 2010 (15)