- Yellow Rumped Warbler
Located due East of Cincinnati out Route 50, Indian Creek Wildlife Area is closer than you’d think, but far enough away to give that “in the middle of nowhere” experience. Two hunters said they had seen a Wood Duck and a Teal, although he didn’t say which variety of Teal. We didn’t see any ducks. Arriving late morning didn’t garner too many songbird sightings either. Songs and calls filled the air from time to time, but all species were elusive.
The Yellow-Rumped Warbler did make a fine appearance, and is a new addition to my life list. Although the shots aren’t the best, he kindly provided a view of every angle of his beautiful fall plumage. The tell-tale yellow spot on the tail and on the rump. A nice shot of his left and right sides as well as his underside. He is also showing the fine lining of yellow where his wings meet his breast. Click on a picture for a closer look.
- yellow rumped right side
- yellow rumped warbler left side
- yellow rumped warbler bottom view
The Area has a marsh which we discovered on our way out. It is supposed to be a place where migrants pass through. The following birds have been sighted here: Great Blue Heron, grebes, cormorants, American Woodcock, Northern Bobwhite, Wild Turkey, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Eastern Screech, Great Horned Owl, Red-shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls,,Accipiters are present in migration, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Harrier is a winter resident as are Tree, White-throated, White-crowned, Swamp and Fox Sparrows, juncos, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Golden-crowned Kinglet. Song and Field Sparrows, Eastern Towhees, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Meadowlarks and Horned Larks are permanent residents. All of our woodpeckers are resident including Pileated.
Summer residents include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Pee-wee and Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Great-crested, Willow and Acadian Flycatchers, many swallows, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Warbling ,White-eyed, and Red-eyed Vireos, Yellow, Yellow-throated, Blue-winged, Prothonotary and Kentucky Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Louisiana Waterthrush, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Indigo Buntings and Grasshopper Sparrows.
With 1,799 acres, it’s not difficult to believe that many species call it home; winter or summer, or at least pass through. They all must have had the day off today. I will definitely be back.