Winter Owl Watching
Each winter, the
Owls are a perennial favorite among
It takes a "night owl" bird watcher to catch sight of the long-eared owl in flight. This is an nighttime owl, active only from dusk to just before dawn. It flies silently through nighttime woodlands and fields, searching for food. During the day, it roosts in heavy forest coverings, often among pines and evergreens. To avoid being seen, the long-eared owl stretches its body out in order to camouflage itself by appearing to be a tree branch, and it is very hard to see.
The northern saw-whet is a tiny owl, averaging just 8 inches long. It is most active at dawn and at dusk, hunting in wooded and heavily brushed areas for insects and small rodents. Bird watchers can occasionally creep within inches of a saw-whet owl, because it will not wake up easily when asleep. However, you should never disturb any owl, because you might reveal its roosting site and make it vulnerable to attack by other birds and predators.
Bird watching near
Clear Creek park contains over 5200 acres of land and is located at
Directions: From I-270, take U.S. 33 southeastward toward
Audubon, the local birding association
Columbus Audubon was founded in 1913 and has about 3000 members in
National Audubon Society annual Christmas Bird Count
The 107th Christmas Bird Count will begin December 14, 2006 and end January 5, 2007. During these three weeks, several groups of volunteers (called count circles) will record each bird and every bird species they see or hear within an assigned radius of 15 miles. This is exciting if you are a bird lover, and you are invited to join the effort. You can learn more about
10th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
Join others to help count birds in the American Great Backyard from February 16-19, 2007. The Audubon Society is sponsoring a bird-counting weekend near you. There is no fee or age limit to participate and you can count birds in your backyard, schoolyard, park, wildlife refuge, or other areas near your home. Call 614-224-3303 for information and to register at no charge.
Prepare bird-nesting boxes for Spring 2007
Birds often need help to provide them with enough protection from predators and harsh winter weather. They also need cover for their nests. Building nest boxes is a worthwhile and fun winter project, and boxes can be put up anytime. You do not have to wait for the springtime. Some birds may use nest boxes as a place to roost during cold winters, so if you put them out now, the birds will be grateful and you'll help to save wildlife. Nesting box plans can be found at your local library.