Birding Information

Birding Information


Birding Events in 2014 around the Hideaway Inn! Check out our Special Birding Packages here!


WATCHABLE WILDLIFE AND UNUSUAL FEATURES
Killdeer Plains is an excellent area for viewing various wildlife species in their natural surroundings. The area is particularly good for bird watching. A great variety of both nesting and migrant birds use the area, depending on the season. Among the more interesting wildlife to be observed are migrating waterfowl, woodcock and snipe, warblers, bald eagles, various grassland nesters such as the bobolink and meadowlark, and various sparrows. The fall migration of hawks such as the red-tailed, rough-legged, and Northern harrier is spectacular. There is also the opportunity to view the migration of monarch butterflies in the fall. During winter, short-eared owls add seasonal variety and interest. Deer are easily viewed in the evenings during any season.

Many species of birds are attracted to the area. Some of the rare birds of interest include the cattle egret, bald and golden eagles, fulvous whistling duck, tundra and trumpeter swans, peregrine falcons, king rail, sandhill crane, American white pelican, and American avocet.
Scattered remnants of the formerly extensive tall-grass prairie can still be found on the area. Fields that have been overgrown with dense brush are being replanted to native prairie species and managed with controlled burning. Prairie dock, grayheaded coneflower, saw-toothed sunflower, and dense blazing star add midsummer color to the remnant prairies. In the fall, big and little bluestem and Indiangrass dominate the landscape. Associated prairie animals include the Eastern massasauga rattlesnake and the rare Eastern Plains garter snake; both are Ohio endangered reptile species.

Lowe Volk Park is for the Birds... Look what's happening here!

Birding for Kids
Those youngsters, ages 7- 17, interested birds will love this program! Join Josh as he introduces our feathered friends and ways to identify those birds in your backyard. Binoculars and guides will be provided. Just bring your interest and appreciation for birds! 

Spring Bird Migration....Sears Woods SNP
More migratory birds pass through Ohio in early May than at any other time of the year. This massive movement of Warblers, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Vireos and Thrushes (to name just a few) is truly spectacular. Meet Warren Uxley at Sears Woods parking lot. 

Bird Banding on the Porch
May, 2014
Having banded over 100 birds, and for the sixth year in row, Bob Scott Placier will string up mist nets to see what birds reside in or pass through Lowe-Volk Park. Vital to the long-term study of bird trends, banding is scientific and fun! Join Bob and Josh at the Nature Center to see birds up close and personal. A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush! 

Here's what to plan for in 2014 ......

 

Eagle Watch
March, 2014
Bald Eagles are the epitome of successful wildlife management. Join Josh as he discusses the life history of our nation’s mascot at the nature center. The presentation will conclude with a field trip to Crawford Co.’s 3 eagle nests to observe these majestic raptors. Participants will also get to view the newly constructed nest in the northwest part of the county! 

Wrens
April, 2014 Lowe-Volk Park
Six different Wren species have been recorded in Ohio – two of those species are in trouble and a third has disappeared altogether. Meet Warren Uxley at Lowe-Volk Park and learn the good, the bad and the interesting facts about Wrens.

Birding for Kids
Those youngsters, ages 7- 17, interested birds will love this program! Join Josh as he introduces our feathered friends and ways to identify those birds in your backyard. Binoculars and guides will be provided. Just bring your interest and appreciation for birds! 

Spring Bird Migration....Sears Woods SNP
More migratory birds pass through Ohio in early May than at any other time of the year. This massive movement of Warblers, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Vireos and Thrushes (to name just a few) is truly spectacular. Meet Warren Uxley at Sears Woods parking lot. 

Bird Banding on the Porch
May, 2014
Having banded over 100 birds, and for the sixth year in row, Bob Scott Placier will string up mist nets to see what birds reside in or pass through Lowe-Volk Park. Vital to the long-term study of bird trends, banding is scientific and fun! Join Bob and Josh at the Nature Center to see birds up close and personal. A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush! 

 Audubon Christmas Bird Count Bucyrus Circle Results
Great Blue Heron - 3, Canada Goose - 956, American Black Duck - 1, Mallard - 16, Redhead - 4, Lesser Scaup - 20, Red Breasted Merganser - 5, Common Loon - 3, Cooper’s Hawk - 4, Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2, Red Tailed Hawk - 25, Rough- legged Hawk - 1, Kestrel - 18, Red Shouldered Hawk - 2, Northern Harrier - 1, Bald Eagle - 6, Rock Dove - 193, Mourning Dove - 395, Barred Owl - 2, Screech Owl - 3, Great Horned Owl - 2, Wild Turkey - 6, Ring Billed Gull - 145, Herring Gull - 1, Red Headed Woodpecker - 10, Red Bellied Woodpecker - 25, Downy Woodpecker - 40, Hairy Woodpecker - 8, Northern Flicker - 5, Pileated Woodpecker - 4, Blue Jay - 118, Horned Lark - 324, Lapland Longspur - 3, Snow Bunting - 5, White-winged Crossbill - 4, Crow - 185, Carolina Chickadee - 16, Black-capped Chickadee - 13, Chickadee (sp) - 5, Tufted Titmouse - 43, Red-breasted Nuthatch - 6, White-breasted Nuthatch - 37, Brown Creeper - 3, Carolina Wren - 3, Winter Wren - 1, Golden Crowned Kinglet - 5, Mockingbird - 1, Robin - 4, Bluebird - 13, Starling - 3430, Cedar Waxwing - 17, Northern Cardinal - 165, Tree Sparrow - 107, Field Sparrow - 5, Song Sparrow - 7, Swamp Sparrow - 1, White-crowned Sparrow - 2, White- throated Sparrow - 2, Eastern Meadowlark - 3, Grackle - 32, Cowbird - 27, Dark-eyed Junco - 194, Red-winged Blackbird - 2, Purple Finch - 2, House Finch - 119, Goldfinch - 69, House Sparrow - 1164, Pine Siskin - 18, Total birds counted - 8061. Total species of birds - 67.
The Bucyrus Circle count is organized by Warren Uxley. 

Let the Staff at the HideAway help you to plan your 3 - 5 or 7 day itinerary.  Call 800.570.8233.

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