April 11, 2007 [LINK / comment]

Blue-winged teals on Bells Lane

For the second time in three days, I saw several Blue-winged teals on a small pond next to Bells Lane yesterday, four of them to be exact. After checking my records, I realized that I had not seen any of that species since my very first sighting in northwestern Ohio in August 1998! In the upland area further along the road, I saw a Northern Harrier gliding at low altitude, the first of its kind I have seen around here in over a year. The list of highlights:

Today it turned frigid and wet once again, and we even had snow flurries for a while. Two Downy woodpeckers, a Red-bellied woodpecker, and a Chipping sparrow were among the hungry guests out back.