Saturday, May 23, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Bird watchers have been delighted to witness a large influx of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in the area this spring. Feeders are attracting this beautiful species, allowing residents a close glimpse of an otherwise infrequently-seen bird. Sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, and raw peanuts are great attractants. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks do not normally nest this far south in Ohio, but they stop here along their way to breeding areas farther north. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are long-distance migrants. They fly from their North American breeding grounds to Central and northern South America. Most migrating Grosbeaks fly across the Gulf of Mexico in a single night, although some migrate over land around the Gulf. Please consider putting out some nutritious seeds to help this amazing bird regain calories lost during their long journey. You will be helping maintain the population for future Adams County residents to enjoy!
For more information about Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, please visit The Cornell Lab:
Friday, May 8, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
This baby Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta, probably just crawled out of his/her nest at Adams Lake State Park in West Union when some local children spotted her on the ground. After some gentle inspections, the turtle was released safely into the water. Adams Lake State Park is still open from dawn until dusk during the quarantine shut-down. Please be respectful of others and keep a safe distance apart of at least six feet. We want authorities to keep the park open due to good visitor behavior that maintains the good health of our community.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, December 29, 2011
"How To Be a Better Birder - Even if You're Already an Expert!" The event includes lunch and a field trip to Adams Lake State Park to view winter water birds. This event is very popular and always fills up, so be sure to register early to make sure you have a spot. More information is available by visiting the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau website.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The female identified from a leg band is a
Locally other notable bird sightings would include two juvenile bald eagles seen recently at the
Adams County TVB
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Dusk falls and the family gathers in the dining room to enjoy diner together after a long day of work and school. The children's stories are suddenly interupted by the unmistakable yodel of a wild animal outside: a coyote. As the family falls silent to listen, more yips and yelps join the first, until a chorus of eerie voices fills the night air.
These days, this scene is nearly as likely to unfold in the heart of a Chicago suburb as it is in the rural countryside of Adams County. Coyotes are increasing in numbers throughout their range, which includes every one of the United States except Hawaii. A new book, written by local author Carol Cartaino, separates fact from fiction concerning this often-maligned creature.
On Thursday, March 10th, 2011, at 7:00pm, Eulett Center will host Ms. Cartaino for an evening of discussion about the coyote and her findings doing research for her book, "Myths and Truths about Coyotes - What You Need to Know About America's Most Misunderstood Predator". This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Chris Bedel at 937-544-2880, Ext. 11.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Yes Spring is here big time. Everyone thinks its starting early and it may be. We have all the expected plants blooming and a few we didn't expect. The Ladies slippers, Pink open, Yellow starting and White out of the ground. Just saw these yesterday, Indian Paintbrush on the right, Blue-eyed Grass center and Birdsfoot Violet on the left. Get out there and enjoy it.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
One bird that can’t be overlooked and is here now and just starting to display around the preserve is the American Woodcock. This “mysterious hermit of the alders”, ”timber doodle” or “bog sucker” winters in southern US and comes back early March to get to its breeding grounds here. It then begins one of the strangest breeding displays in the bird-world. Shortly after evening sets it stakes out a flat area of open ground marches around in circles with a pitifully small tail spread and long bill towards the ground resting on his chest calling “peent” “peent” “peent” over and over again almost all night. This march is only interrupted every now and then by a valiant flight circling around and around the parade grounds, circling higher and higher up into the air 200 to 300 feet high. While doing this the wind whistles through the specially modified outer three feathers of his wings and sounds as if he is twittering constantly. Then he begins to dive back down calling “chicharee, chicharee, chicaree” zig-zagging then finally to the ground right where he started or directly onto the back of a receptive female. Then back to “peent, peent, peent”. If you are careful you can run over to the place he takes off while he is flying and wait there without moving and many times he will land again, right at your feet.
The two photos of American Woodcocks are by Richard McCarty the one on the left is an adult on the nest and the one on the right is just a young one.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
American Woodcock? Check
Red-winged Blackbird? Check
Eastern Phoebe? Check
Other signs of spring: Northern Mockingbirds are displaying for mates; Red-tailed Hawks have been observed carrying sticks for nests; Jefferson's salamanders have laid eggs in at least one vernal pool on the Preserve; Carolina Wrens are investigating nest boxes and advertising by singing; Oh, and the temperature today will be 60 degrees! Hooray!
Enjoy the sunshine, everyone.