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Joy Pratt selling the joys of bird watching.
Birding on Buckeye Lake
Buckeye Lake, constructed as a canal feeder lake in 1826, is Ohio's oldest state park. The 3300 acre park has long been a popular vacation spot and today offers endless water-related recreational opportunities including swimming, skiing, boating, fishing and bird watching.
One day each year, Central Ohio’s Buckeye Lake is the focus for a survey of the wild bird population in the region.
On the day of the bird count, bird watchers search areas of south-central Licking County, northeast Fairfield County, and northwest Perry County for as many different bird species as they can find, and tally how many individuals they see of each species. On average, about 64 species are seen each year on the Buckeye Lake count.
Photographers include: Michael Graham and Mike Maier.
Unless otherwise stated, all birds shown on this page, were
photographed in the Buckeye Lake, Ohio area.
Historic and beautiful Cranberry Bog on Buckeye Lake
Joy Pratt is looking for volunteers to monitor nest boxes of Prothonotary Warblers at Buckeye Lake and specifically on the unique habitat on Cranberry Bog. Volunteers would monitor the boxes once a week beginning the first week in May continuing through mid-September. A log sheet will be completed each visit with details about the box. The monitoring responsibility can be shared with another volunteer.
Our only cavity-nesting warbler, this species is an inhabitant of wooded swamps. Prothonotary warblers have a rather unmusical, loud song -- a monotone series of zwee zwee zwee notes that carry for considerable distances. Overall, this species is uncommon, and not found away from breeding sites. Their diet consists of insects and snails. In Ohio, due to specific habitat requirements, it is listed as a “species of concern”.
For more information, please contact Joy Pratt at JoyPratt@att.net
In 2013 volunteers built and installed nesting boxes, built by Jim and Ann Walters, on the bog. It seems almost fitting that the Buckeye Lake Historical Society and bird-lover Joy Pratt were able to make such a difference.
4729 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake, Ohio 43008.
An Osprey heads to the nest with a fresh fish.
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