Dakota and I visited the Findlay Reservoirs this morning and were not surprised to see ice fishermen instead of migratory ducks. The water is still frozen solid despite the balmy 40-degree temperature and bright sun. There are two reservoirs, both upground, and Number Two is the largest of its type in Ohio. Trails encircle the reservoirs.
We wanted to do some early spring hiking and explore the area. This time of year is more full of promises than actual bird sightings. It is an enjoyable “calm before the storm”. Soon we will be overwhelmed with migration!
Horned Lark – Photo by Dakota
Dakota and I also did some road birding. There was a small group of Horned Larks in every farm field and a few American Kestrels on their wire perches. “On-roading” led us north to Van Buren State Park. The wooded areas were full of common birds such Tufted Titmouse, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Black-capped Chickadees. (I am convinced that Northwest Ohio chickadees have an accent different than Northern Illinois chickadees.) No luck on finding any Brown Creepers, but we did find some Yellow-rumped Warblers flitting about.
Yellow-rumped Warbler at Van Buren State Park – Photo by Dakota
All-in-all, a good day to be out birding!