July Update

During July, most birds are busy raising fledglings, showing them the ropes on where to find food and proper manners. Birdsong starts to diminish as they no longer need to defend territory or attract mates. The singing we hear in many cases is a parent teaching its young and or a youngster practicing its new songs.

Common Yellowthroat

This beautiful warbler breeds in central Ohio and continued to sing in July. Most of the time, they sing from hidden locations but this guy held a beautiful pose while singing at Battelle Darby metropark.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Not to be confused with a Red-headed Woodpecker, the Red-bellied Woodpecker has a nearly but not fully red head. This lovely bird was working on finding insects in the tree and yet called softly as she / he worked.

Eastern Towhee

Another bird who usually sings from hidden locations, this one was up and visible early in the morning at Cedar Ridge trail at Battelle.

Willow Flycatcher

OK sure, I posted a Willow Flycatcher last month. But I couldn’t resist sharing this picture of this one in mid chirp.