I'm just back from a very productive weekend of Birding at the Edge. The Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County, that is. The Ohio Ornithological Society, along with partners the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, organized a two-day foray to see birds. Lots of birds. Ground zero for our operations was the spectacular new Eulett Center - above - which looks out over the Ohio Brush Creek valley.
This event was limited to 22 people, and we divvied up into two teams. Scouring Adams and Scioto counties over the past day and a half, we found 102 species, and all but one was a local breeder. Not bad, considering that probably not many more than that breed in that region in total.
Major thanks go to Cheryl Harner of OOS, for her incredibly competent logistical work; Ned Keller for leading the other team; Marc Nolls, and Greg and Leslie Cornett for helpful support; and Chris Bedel, Mark Zloba, and Pete Whan and Lucy Miller for lending their fab field skills and the use of the Eulett Center.
We didn't have to go far this morning. Here's our group, standing at the bottom of the driveway to the Eulett Center. Some really great birds are easy pickings right here. And it's nice to bird in a place where there is next to no traffic!
We went on to see many other birds, such as 1st-year bearded Orchard Oriole singing nearly side by side with a fully adult male; a stunning male Summer Tanager, Red-headed Woodpecker; another Blue Grosbeak; Grasshopper Sparrow; an out-of-season Ring-necked Duck and many others.
Thanks to all who participated in the Birding at the Edge event, and it looks like this may be one to repeat next year.