February Update

As I look back on February, I experienced the best weather I can recall in Ohio in the second month of the year EVER. I have no data to back up my claim, but we had several days in the 50s and 60s. Those temps are quite pleasant by Ohio February standards, in my opinion. Contrast that with my January update; I thought I was never going to see the sun again considering the number of days with fog and cloud cover. I didn’t get out a ton for birding in February, but the times I did get out I was pleased to see some birds returning from their wintering grounds and to hear calling birds. So I’ll call that a win for the end of winter.

Red-winged Blackbirds have started calling and performing their puffing routine in the last couple of weeks. The calling will get louder and the red more pronounced as the light cycles increase and the competition heats up for a mate.

Often when I see Eastern Meadowlarks, they are well hidden and or very far away. Battelle Darby is a great place to spot them near the bison enclosure and occasionally they get close enough for a decent picture. Their call is fantastic and carries well so I regularly hear them more than I see them.

A Pileated Woodpecker was thoroughly inspecting this hole for food and or possibly nesting purposes. Prairie Oaks Darby Bend Lakes is one of my favorite places for spotting woodpeckers, including Pileated as well as Red-headed.

Is it cheating if I put pictures from my backyard on my blog? If so, I’m cheating. This particular Downy has become accustomed to my regular tromping around in the backyard and will usually stick around even when I am out, making it an excellent candidate for a photo.