It's been a bit of a warblerpalooza this winter in central Ohio. First, this tough little Ovenbird turns up at Inniswood Metro Gardens on December 7, as reported HERE and HERE. Then comes word of an American Redstart, Setophaga ruticilla, that was found on the Columbus Christmas Bird Count back on December 18. That's really an amazing find, and would set the record late date for an Ohio redstart. Finally, Rob Thorn turned up a Northern Waterthrush, Parkesia noveboracensis, in southern Delaware County two days ago.
I could stand no more, and off I shot at lunch today to try and hunt down that waterthrush and shoot it with my camera. No cigar. Rob found the bird in a land of plenty for foraging waterthrushes, and it has apparently moved off the spot where he saw it.
Inniswood and become a member of Eskimo Ovenbird's fan club. And when you do, allot some time to give this 123-acre park/arboretum/natural area the once over. It is one of the most beautiful patches in central Ohio and is chock full of wildlife. You'll exit with a good-sized bird list, and an appreciation for the vision of the grounds' original owners, Grace and Mary Innis.
Major props to Jen Snyder and Jennifer Kleinrichert for bringing our unexpected wintertime visitor to light, and to Jennifer for so diligently keeping the birding community up to date on the Ovenbird's status.