A Spring Summer Tanager

Today we had an enjoyable time birding with friends at Battelle Darby Metro Park. Originally the plan was to drive up to Magee Marsh along Lake Erie for a spring warbler trip but a cool and windy forecast convinced us to stay closer to home. The south shore of lake Erie tends to concentrate travel weary migrating birds during the spring and fall allowing easy viewing. However, that phenomena doesn’t occur in central Ohio so we’re never sure what we’ll see.

But it turned out to be a good day with sightings of Northern Parula, and Yellow-throated Warblers as well as Yellow-throated Vireos. Also seen were a Great Crested Flycatcher, Bluebird, Hairy Woodpecker, Catbird, White-throated and Chipping Sparrows, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

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Catbird

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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Chipping Sparrow

Male Pine Warbler IMG_3195

Yellow-throated Vireo

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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White-throated Sparrow

 

With the recent rain the fungus was doing very well.

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Fungus (Sulphur Polyporus?)

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Dryad’s Saddle

 

Flowering Buckeye Trees, Buttercups, and Phlox were seen as well as a mystery flower.

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Mystery Flower, (Donna) ID’d as Corn Salad Valerianella locusta by a reader of this blog..

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Phlox

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Buttercup, (Donna)

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Flowering Buckeye Tree

 

However, the highlight of the day was the first Summer Tanager that we have seen in central Ohio.

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Summer Tanager, (Donna)

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Summer Tanager

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

8 Comments on “A Spring Summer Tanager

    • Especially when you consider that they were taken with my wife’s Panasonic FZ150 and my Canon SX40. In obvious hindsight We wished we would of had our bird cameras!

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