The Great Backyard Bird Count wraps up this week. The event, sponsored by the Audubon Society and Cornell University, tracks winter bird populations in the United States. Chris Davidson introduces us to some local birds and one birder.
Nancy Brundage of Canfield is a well-known area bird watcher. For 27 years; she has led bird walks throughout Mill Creek MetroPark. She is pictured in her backyard; which is filled with feeders for her feathery friends. (Christine Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org)
(Sounds of a Cardinal chirping)
You may recognize the song of the Northern Cardinal, Ohio’s state bird and frequent guest at local birdfeeders throughout the Mahoning Valley.
You’ll meet Cardinals and many other birds if you take a walk with Nancy Brundage of Canfield.
They are very easy walks. Anybody practically can do them. Really, my bird walks are really more bird stand-a-rounds.
For more than two decades, she’s led the Mill Creek MetroParks Bird Walks. She embarks on year 27 this spring.
This year we are doing them at the Lake Newport trail down there at the wetlands. And we are doing two up at the Davis Center on that new woodland walk that they just developed
She asks fellow walkers to be aware of their surroundings.
Well, I’m not saying you have to be completely quiet, but you just don’t want to be yak-yak-yak all the time.
Brundage logs a “life list” of the birds she encounters.
I love birds, I love their motion, their songs – just about everything – their ability to fly.
She favors one bird, a year-round resident of Ohio.
(Sounds of a Titmouse call can be heard)
Titmice just look so inquisitive with that large eye compared to the rest of the body and they’re that grey and they’ve got that little perky cap on them like a blue jay has but they are small little bit of rust on the underside. They just happen to be my favorite bird.
Brundage says if you don’t want to take the walks, you can still enjoy birds.
It’s a fascinating hobby, you can do it anywhere, you can do it riding in a car, you can do it sitting in your room in the house.
Mill Creek MetroParks volunteer and unofficial park historian, Rick Shale, selects the Ford Nature Center as one place to bird watch.
Yeah, they have several feeders right there next to the porch. And you can just sit there and there will be a steady stream of birds coming around and – depending on the season – sometimes a whole flock of wild turkeys will meander though the back yard of the Ford Nature Center.
(Sounds of a Mourning Dove can be heard)
During the winter season, you may encounter cardinals, chickadees, titmice, blue jays, and mourning doves in your neighborhood and Mill Creek Park.
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