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Birds

Habitat remnants of the former Great Black Swamp represent essential refuges for year-round residents as well as for species nesting/wintering in this area. Located on a major migration corridor at the crossroads of the Mississippi and Atlantic flyways, Northwest Ohio forms a central waypoint between northern breeding and southern wintering grounds. Many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and neotropical songbirds pass through during annual spring and fall migrations. Forest patches provide these weary travelers with areas which allow them to rest and refuel.

The Black Swamp Conservation and Restoration Area protects a breeding colony of Great Blue Herons. These magnificent birds construct groups of large, platform-style nests within old sycamore tree tops. Courtship behavior leading to the formation of life-long, monogamous pairbonds is best observed in early spring.

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Nature's Nursery has used the site to rehabilitate the following birds

American Kestrel
female
1593-90004
American Kestrel
female
1593-90005
American Kestrel
male
1453-45405
Cooper's Hawk
female
1705-25087
Cooper's Hawk
male
614-70682

Banding of resident songbirds

Development in NW ohio has negatively impacted native birdlife by reducing the amount of suitable habitat and fragmenting that which remains. Wildlife conservation strategies generally focus on the establishment of reserves and suitable habitats that connect them in order to provide suitable conditions for viable populations of many species. We view it as critical to survey breeding birds, estimate the productivity of avian nesting guilds, and survey the presence and impact of nest predators at the few sites that retain some of the characteristics of the past. Towards these goals birds are captured in mist nets throughout the season and marked with uniquely numbered metal leg band within the North American Bird Banding Program.

Graduate Student Jeremy Ross from the Biology Department of Bowling Green State University sets up mist nets to band song birds for a research project.
DATE TIME BAND # SPECIES SEX AGE Wing Tail Tarsus Bdepth Blength Weight
20060724 6:00 1911-60794 INBU (Indigo Bunting) M SY 69 51 18.25 6.05 10.80 15.3
20060724 6:30 2400-40411 HOWR (House Wren) M AHY 52 42 17.10 2.80 13.65 11.0
20060724 6:30 2400-40412 HOWR (House Wren) F AHY 49 38 17.70 2.80 11.65 -
20060724 6:30 1911-60795 INBU (Indigo Bunting) F AHY 65 48 17.30 5.55 10.65 14.1
20060724 7:10 1911-60796 SOSP (Song Sparrow) U HY 63 66 21.35 6.10 11.45 19.0
20060724 7:15 1951-46549 WOTH (Wood Thrush) M ASY 113 75 31.35 4.85 17.50 53.6
20060724 7:15 1222-32329 AMRO (American Robin) U HY 128 96 33.30 5.80 18.40 73.3
20060724 7:15 1951-46550 NOCA (Northern Cardinal) F AHY 85 85 22.70 11.30 16.40 40.8
20060724 7:15 1951-46548 WOTH (Wood Thrush) F SY 105 76 31.00 4.60 16.60 45.6
20060724 8:00 1911-60797 SOSP (Song Sparrow) F AHY 62 60 22.00 6.30 13.10 18.8
20060724 8:30 1911-60798 SOSP (Song Sparrow) M AHY 65 69 22.35 6.65 12.60 21.6
20060724 8:30 1911-60799 INBU (Indigo Bunting) F AHY 65 49 17.70 5.55 11.20 14.5
20060724 8:30 1911-60800 INBU (Indigo Bunting) F AHY 65 51 17.80 5.95 11.20 14.5
20060724 9:30 2201-29906 CARW (Carolina Wren) U HY 54 46 21.50 3.30 14.20 18.4
20060724 9:30 1911-60819 SOSP (Song Sparrow) U HY 67 67 21.40 6.45 12.35 18.8

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