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This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for Feb. 6 2006

Aboove the Greemlawn Avenue Dam on Febthere were were Ring-billed and Herring gulls, Canada Geese, Mallards, a Great Blue Heron, several Cormorants. amd a Horned Grebe.

At Greem Lawn Cemetery on the 5th there were Juncos, lue Jays, a Mockingbird, Red-bellied and Downy Wookpeckers, a Cooper's Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk

At Blendon Woojs Metro Park there were Screech, Barred and Great Hoened Owls.

At Killdeer Plains WA there are Red-shouldered and Rough-legged Hawks,

Shoert-eared Owls, and flocks of Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks.

 

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for Oct. 5 2004:

At the Greenlawn Ave. Dam on Oct. 5 there were half a dozen Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, a Black-crowned Night Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, Ring-billed Gulls, Killdeer, a Spotted Sandpiper. Mallards, Canada Geese.

The following birds were seen this past week at Pickerington Ponds: Pied-billed Grebe, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green-backed Heron, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Least and Semi-palmated sandpipers, and Pectoral Sandpipers.

The Merlin was seen at the OSU Wetlands on Sept. 30.


This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for Aug 29, 2004:
On the 28th there was a N. Harrier on International Road at the Wilds.

A Merlin has been seen for the last week along the Olentangy River near the OSU Wetlands. And, on the 29th there was a Spotted Sandpiper, several Least Sandpipers, and a Belted Kingfisher at the OSU Wetlands. There are almost a dozen Black-crowned Night Heronbs near the King Avemue Dam on the Olentangy.

At Blendon Woods the water level has been lowered at Thoreau Pond and the resultant mudflats have attracted Slotted and Solitary Sandpipers, many Killdeer, and Pectiral Sandpipers.

At Pickerington Pond on the 28th there were Caspian Terns, Pectoral, Least, and Semipalmated sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, amd Solitary Sandpiper.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for Aug 15, 2004:
At the Greemlawn Avenue Dam Aug 15 there were 2 Great Egrets, several Great Blue Herons, 5 Caspian Terns, about a dozen Ring-billed Gulls, Least and Pectoral Sandpipers, Mallards, and Canada Geese.

The following birds were seen at Green Lawn Cemetry on the 15th:
Red-shouldered Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Wood[ecler, Flicker, Wood Pewee, Blue Jay, Crow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Robin, Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow, Cardianl, and Goldfinch.

At the OSU Wetlands on the 14th there was a Green Heron, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers.

A pair of King Rails and young are still at Prairie Oaks Metro Park.
There were also Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, Least Sandpipers, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers.

At Big Island Wildlife Area on the 7th there were both Yellowlegs, Semi-palmated Plover and Pectoral Sandpipers.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for July 31, 2004:

Today at Glacier Ridge Metro Park there were Black Terns, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers, Green Herons, Tree Swallows, Grasshopper Sparrows, a couple of Blue Grosbeaks, and Eastern Kingbirds.

At Pickerington Pond Metro Park there nesting Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Great Egrets, a Solitary Sandpiper, Lesster and Freater Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher, 5 species of swallow, Cedar Waxwings, and Yellow Warblwes.

Bruce Simpson reported a Snowy Egret July 23 at the Delaware Wildlife Area.

There are King Rails with young at Prarie-Oaks Metro Park. Also SoraRails, Short-billed Dowitchers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Least Sandpipers.

Bruce Simpson reports singing Summer Tanagers and Hooded Warblers at Blendon Woods Metro Parke

Pam Unger reports a Wood Pewee nest at Green Lawn Cemetery in a tree opposite the Lazarus grave site. There are a couple of Great Egrets above the Greenlanw Ave, dam.

Dickcissals, Gasshopper Sparrows, Orchard Orioles and Chars are at the Pickaway County Sewage Planr and King Rails are Charlies' Pond which is just west of Rte 23 on Radcliff Road.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for June 24, 2004:

Lots of good birds reported at Highbanks Metro Park including Ring-necked Duck, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpeckers, Orchard Orioles, Summer Tanagers, Hooded and Yellow-throated Warblers, Ovenbirdfs, Yellow-breasted Chats, and E. Kingbird.

On the 22nd there was a Great Crested Flycatcher at Green Lawn Cemetery.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for June 24, 2004:

A pair of Black-necked Stilts are at Big Island Wildlife Area in the middle impoundment on La Rue-Prospect Road. There was also a pair of Ruddy Ducks visible from the platform off State Highway 95.

Some of the birds present at the Wilds on the 12th included: Bobolinks, Henslow's, Grasshopper, and Savannah sparrows, an Osprey, Short-eared Owl, and Orchard Orioles.

There was a Common Loon at the Upper end of Hoover Reservoir June 12

There are appoximately 21 pairs of Prothonotary Warblers nesting in the Hoover Reservoir area. According to Bill Whan there are also 4 pairs of nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers and 2 pairs of Brown Creepers.

Other birds present included Green Heron, Wood Ducks, an Osprey, Yellow-throated and Yellow warblers, Cliff Swallows, Acadian and Great Crested flycatchers, E. Kingbird,Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Buntings, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for May 18,

On the 18th Bruce Simpson reports the following warblers at Blendon Woods Metro Park: Mourning, Kenticky, Cerulean, Yellow-throated, and Hooded.

There was an E. Kingbird at the University Farms on the 18th.

And at Green Lawn Cemetry there were Scarlet Tanagers, Veerys,Wood Pewees, Rough-winged Swallows. Catbirds and resident Baltimore Orioles. Also a Green Heron once in a while. At the Greenlawn Ave. Dam: Great Blue Herons, a few cormorants, orioles, House Wrens, and Warbling Vireos. A "collared" dove was associating with Mourning Doves at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park. A nice variety of birds at the Creeks Metro Park, including Grasshopper Sparrows, Meadowlarks, Kingbirds, Bobolinks, and Spotted Sandpiper.

 

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for April 8, 2004:
The 5 White Pelicans at Pickerington Pond left after a two and a half day visit. The Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Preston Road in Bexley are nest building. Birds at Green Lawn Cemetery on the 8th included sapsuckers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Towhees, Fox Sparrows and Juncos. There's a Common Loon on the Dublin Road Quarry lake. At Scioto TrailState Forest in Ross County on the 6th Steve Landes Ruffed Grouse, a Warbling Vireo, Yellow-ru,ped and Yellow-throated warblers, Pine Warbler, and La Waterthrussh

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for April 2, 2004:
On April 2 there were five American White Pelicans at Pickerington Pond. The nesting Yellow-crowned Night Herons have returned to Preston Road in Bexley. At Green Lawn Cemetery on April 1 there were Golden- crowned Kinglets, Sapsuckers, Towhees Fox Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Field and Chipping Sparrows.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for March 22, 2004:

At the Greenlawn Ave. Dam on March 21 there were several Tree Swallows. On the 22nd there were Red-breasted Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.

There were two Golden Eagles reported at the Wilds on the 21st in the vicinity of the Visitor's Center. There was also a Bald Eage, a lot of N. Harriers, over two dozen Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Kestrels, and Short-eared Owls.

There were lots of waterfowl at Hoover Reservoir on the 21st including 9 Common Loons, Pied-billed and Horned Grebes, Cormorants, Wood Ducks, Redheads, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads, Coots, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers. Also Turkey Vultures, Killdeers, Bluebirds, and Red-winged Blackbirds.

Ospreys have returned to their nesting site at Alum Creek Reservoir in the vicinity of Hogback Road.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for March 13, 2004:

At the Greenlawn Ave. Dam on the 14th there was a Double-crested Cormorant, a Horned Grebe, Great Blue Herons, Hooded Mergansers, and Ring-billed Gulls. At Green Lawn Cemetery, there were the udual birds around the pit, including Red-bellied Woodpecker and White-breasted Nuthatches. A Turkey Vulture was seen flying along the Scioto River in Arlington.

At Alum Creek Reservoir on the 13th, there were 25 Horned Grebes, 20 Wood Ducks, over 400 Lesser Scaup, 12 Common Mergansers, about 80 Red-breasted Mergansers, 50 Hooded Merganers, a scattering of puddle ducks ans 8 Coots.

 

 

 

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for March 5, 2004:

There is a Golden Eagle and a Prairie Falcon at the Wilds. To see the falcon, go to the end of International Road and turn rightabout a quarter mile. Also Bald Eagles, harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, a Great Horned Owls sitting on its nest and a N. Shrike.

On March 4 the following birds were seen above the Greenlawn Ave. Dam: Pied-billed and Herned Grebes, Great Blue Herons, Hooded Merganers, Herring, Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls.

At Green Lawn Cemetery there was a Great Horned Owl at the south end of the ridge.

 

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for February 21, 2004:

There is a Golden Eagle and a Prairie Falcon at the Wilds. To see the falcon, go to the end of International Road and turn rightabout a quarter mile. Also Bald Eagles, harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, a Great Horned Owls sitting on its nest and a N. Shrike.

On the 20th, there was an imm. Great Black-backed Gull above the Greenlawn Ave. Dam. Also Hooded Mergansers and a Great Blue Heron.

The following birds were seen at Green Lawn Cemetery today: Canada Geese, Mallards, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Carilina Wren, Robin, N. Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, Crow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Cardinal, and American Goldfinch.

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for February 14, 2004:

The following birds were seen at Green Lawn Cemetery today: Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Canada Geese, Mallards, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Carilina Wren, Robin, N. Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, Crow, E. Bluebird, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Cardinal, and American Goldfinch.

Below the Greenlawn Avenue Dam there were Great Blue Herons, Ring-billed Gulls, Mallards, Black Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Goldeneeyes,a Canvasback, and Canada Geese.

At the Hoover Nature Preserve on the 14th the following birds were seen: Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Black Duck, Mallard, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Horned Lark, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, and White-throated Sparrow.

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for February 2, 2004:

Rob Thorn reprted the following birds at Blacklick Woods Metro Park January 30: a Fox Sparrow at the Nature Center feeder, and a Brown Thrasher along the western part of the Multo-purpose Trail.

Birds seen recently at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area include: Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs, Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, N. Harriers, 2 Long-eared Owls, 2 Short-eared Owls, and a N. Shrike.

Birds seen the last couple of days at Blendon Woods Metro Park include: a Chipping Sparrow, Rusty Blackbirds, Mallards, Black Ducks, 2 Wood Ducks, 2 Pintails, and 1 Coot.

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for January 19, 2004:

Rob Thorn saw the following birds Jan. 18 below the Greenlawn Ave. Dam: Mallards and Black Ducks, about 25 Common Goldeneyes, about 15 Hooded Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, 2 Wood Ducks, Bufflehead and a Gadwall. Also a Bald Eagle and a Red-tailed Hawk.

At Green Lawn Cemetery on the 19 there were Goldfinches and Pine Siskins in a couple of the sweet gum trees.

At Hoover Reservoir on the 16th there were Shovelers and Black Ducks near the dam while furtherr north there were Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Goldeneyes, Hooed Mergansers, a few Coots and a Cormorant. There were also Red-tailed Hawks, a Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawks, and a couple of Turkey Vultures.


Gulls seen recently at East 72nd Street in Cleveland include an Iceland Gull and 2 Glaucous Gulls.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for January 5, 2004:
Birds seen ny Dan Sanders January 5 at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area included: Lapland Lomgspur, a Tundra Swan with 3 Trumpeter Swans on Pond 27, 2 adult Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, Ring-necked Duck, Screech Owl, and Short-eared Owls.

Randle Rogers reported the following birds at the Wilds on Jan 2: N. Harriers, Kestrels, Rough-legged Hawks, Ring-necked Ducks, Trumpeter and Mute Swans. Also Bluebirds, Meadowlarkes, and Kingfisher.

Birds om the Hoover Reservoir CBC Jan 2 included: 4 Wood Ducks, 5 Gadwall, 2 American Wigeon, Canvasbacks, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneyes, Hooded and Common Mergansers, a Turkey Vulture, 4 Bald Eagles, N. Harriers, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and Kestrels, Gresat Horned and Barred Owls, Carolina and Black-capped Chickadees, 7 woodpecker species, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, 38 Carolian Wrens, both kinglets, an American Pipit, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Cedar Waxings, Purple Finches, Towhees, and Mockingbirds . . . altogether 72 species

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for December 29, 2003:

The Rufous Hummingbird is still coming to a feeder at the Blendon Woods Metro Park Nature Center. At the Greenlawn Avenue Dam on the 28th there were Great Blue Herons, Mallards and Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gulls, a Herring Gull, and a flock of Buffleheads. At Green Lawn Cemetery, there were White-throated Sparrows, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Juncos, Robins, White-breasted Nuthatch, and a Mockingbird. On the 27th a Golden Eagle was reported at the Wilds. Birds reported this past week at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area include Basl Eagle, N. Harriers, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Snow Geese, E. Bluebirds, Flickers, and Tree Sparrows.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for December 15, 2003:

The Rufous Hummingbird is still coming to a feeder at the Blendon Woods Metro Park Nature Center. Short-eared Owls can be seen alonf County Road 71 at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area. Other birds seen at Killdeer Plains the last several days include Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Rough-legged Hawks, N. Harriers, N. Shrike, Lapland Longspurs, Barred, and :omg-eared Owls in the Pine Grove and a Saw-whet Owl if you're lucky.

Scotr Reeves found 150 Sandhill Cranes at Caesar Creek Lake on the 13th.

On Lake Erie Dec. 13, there was a Black-legged Kittiwake at North Perry in Lake County/

 

 

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for December 5, 2003:

On Dec 1 there was a widespread flight of Sandhill Cranes across much of Ohio. Dec. 1 at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area there were about 80 Snadhill Cranes - plus 3 Trumpeter Swans, 7 Tundra Swans, at least 7 N. Harriers, a Rough-legged Hawk, Kestrels and Red-tailed Hawks, a pair of Long-eared Owls and a Saw-whet Owl in the pine grove. A N. Shrike was near the Sportsman's Center. A Golden Eagle was reported at Buck Creek State Park Nov.29.

 

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for November 26, 2003:

The Rufous Hummingbird is still coming to a feeder at the Blendon Woods Metro Park Nature Center. The bird has been seen by hundreds of people and has been photographed many times.

Purple Sandpipers are neing seen on the breakwaters ar Conneaut and Ashtabula harbors,

Elayna Grody saw an adult Bald Eagle above the Greenlawn Avenue Dam on the 18th.

Dave Letterman, a visiting birder from Colorado, had a great sparrow day along Panhandle Road up in Delaware County. Among the sparrows he saw were: Henslow's, Grasshopper, Savannah, White-crowned, Swamp, and Tree.

There's some good shorebird habitat at Deer Creek Reservoir and on Oct. 31 Robert Royse observed both yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, and lots of Killdeer. Also Bonaparte's Gulls and Green-winged Teal.

At Ottawa NWR on the 11th there were 133 Tundra Swans, 23 Snow Geese an 4 Franklin's Gulls and one Black-heade Gull.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for November 2, 2003:

Bruce Simpson reports that the Rufous Hummingbird is still coming to a feeder at the Blendon Woods Metro Park Nature Center Nov. 2. The bird has been seen by hundreds of people and has been photographed many times.

Dave Letterman, a visiting birder from Colorado, had a great sparrow day along Panhandle Road up in Delaware County. Among the sparrows he saw were: Henslow's, Grasshopper, Savannah, White-crowned, Swamp, and Tree.

There's some good shorebird habitat at Deer Creek Reservoir and on Oct. 31 Robert Royse observed both yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, and lots of Killdeer. Also Bonaparte's Gulls and Green-winged Teal.

At Ottawa NWR on the 11th there were 133 Tundra Swans, 23 Snow Geese an 4 Franklin's Gulls and one Black-heade Gull.

On the 30th Bruce Simpson reported the fopllowing species at the OSU Wetlands: a couple of dozen Wood Ducks, 2 Gadwall, a White-eyed Vireo, White-crowned and White-throated sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and a kingfisher.

At Pickerington Ponds on the 26th there were: 4 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 7 Pectiral Sandpipers, Killdeer, 30 Dunlind and 1 Long-billed Dowitcher. There was also a flock of Green-winged Teal, 5 Black Ducks, a Canvasback, and one Tree Swallow.

At the Greenlawn Avenue Dam on the 28th there were 2 Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Cormorants.

 

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for October 9, 2003:

On Oct. 7, there was a Franklin's Gull on the state park beach at Indian Lake. There was also a Black Tern present.

A Common Loon was on the up-ground reservoir at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area.

Oct. 8 at Hoover Reservoir there was possible jaeger species fkying near the dam.

Oct. 8 at the Greenlawn Ave. dam there was Great Blue Herons, a couple of Great Efrets, cormorants, and Chimney Swifts

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for October 1, 2003:

At Delaware State Park on Oct. 1, Bruce Simpson reported a good fallout of warblers including Connecticut and Black-throated Blue. He also saw an Osprey and a sapsucker.

September 30 there was a White Pelican at Big Island Wildlife Area. The bird was in the wetland area north of LaRue-Prospect Road.

Also on Sept. 30 there was a Franklin's Gull, an Osprey and a Forster's Tern on the beach at Caesar Creek.

The Hebron Fish Hatchery in Licking County has some shorebird habitat. Seen recently were Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Snipe, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, Least, Baird's, and Pectoral Sandpipers.

 

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for September 21, 2003:

At the Greenlawn Avenue Dam on the 20th there were a couple of Great Egrets, several Great Blue Herons, a Double-crested Cormorant, and a flock of Ring-billed Gulls. Green Lawn Cemetery was devoid of migrants.

Bruce Simpson reported a good fall-out at Blendon Woods Metro Park. He saw 11 species of warblers, including Blackburnian, Prothonotary, and Hooded. He also saw an Ospry, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Swainson's Thrush, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

On the 19th, Brad Sparks visited Pickerington Pond and saw the following shorebirds: Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, and lots of Killdeers.

 

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for September 11, 2003:

Seventeen species of migrant warblers were seenat Blendon Woods Metro Park, on the 8th, including Parula, Blue-winged, Hooded, and Wilson's. Four flycatcher species were present, plus Swainson's Thrushes, and Scarlet Tanagers.

At the Greenlawn Avenue Dam on the 10th, there were two great Egrets, half a dozen Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, and an Osprey.

An adult Laughing Gull has been seen recently in the small boat harbor at Lorain.

Good number sof shorebirds can be seen from the Cedar Point Causeway. Common, Caspian and Forster's Terns are also present.

 

Sept. 1, Bruce Simpson had 20 warbler species at Blendon Woods Metro Park, including goodies such as Golden-winged and Yellow-throated warblers.

A Laughing Gull is at East Fork Reservoir, and a Sabine's Gull is at Salt Fork Lake. A Glossy Ibis is still at Pipe Creek Wildlife Area. Also presnt were Short-billed Dowitchers, a Red Knot, and 2 Snowy Egrets,

On the 25th, the following birds were seen at the Greenlawn Avenue Dam: two Great Egrets, half a dozen Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, a Ring-billed Gull, 3 Caspian Terns, Chimney Swifts, Barn Swallows, and a Baltimore Oriole.

This is the Central Ohio Rare Bird Alert for Augusr 11, 2003:

According to Rob Thorn on Aug. 10, there was a Laughing Gull and a flock of Caspian Terns at the Hoover Reservoir dam.

At Big Island WA on the same date there were Great Blue Herons, American Egrets, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral, Spotted, Solitary and Least sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Killdeer. Also nesting Moorhens, Coots, Blue-winged Teal, N. Harrier, and Bald Eagle.

Anthropomorphizing: the charge of my critics. My counter-charge. There is a sense in which when we cease to anthropomorphize, we cease to be men, for when we cease to have human contact with animals and deny them all relation to ourselves, we tend in the end to cease to anthropomorphize ourselves - to deny our own humanity. The Lost Notebooks of Loren Eiseley, edited by Kenneth Heuer, 1987.

 

 

CHARLES H. GAMBILL

(1951 - 2001)

 

A successful life is not necessarily measured by how long one lives,
but more importantly by the "fullness of the cup."

Charles H. Gambill, who departed this earthly vale August 14, 2001, was fortunate in this respect. His cup was full. He was a devoted father, husband, family man, naturalist, artist, teacher, and airman. He was all of these things and more, and yet he filled each role with ease and competence. Equally important, and what endeared him to his many friends, he was a person of bountiful optimism and good cheer.

I knew Charles, or Buddy as his family called him, through our shared interest in birds and love of nature. He would frequently call me when he had seen a rare species or something unusual. I would often run into him in the vicinity of the Greenlawn Avenue Dam, a local birding hot spot. And we shared something else special. Charles illustrated both editions of my book, Birding in Ohio, published by Indiana University Press. His drawings brought my books to life. One of my favorites, the pair of Double-crested Cormorants is shown above.

Charles was a world-class birder. He visited many countries in his pursuit of rare and colorful birds and amassed a life list of well over 3,000 species. Many of the trips he took in Ohio to garner 328 species were in "Old Gray," his 1987 station wagon, which had over 300,000 miles on it when Charles said good-bye. His passionate love of birds fit in perfectly with his vocation, an art teacher in the Columbus Public Schools. At various times, Charles taught at the following schools: Berry Middle School, South High School, Eastmoor High School, and Linden-McKinley High School. He was a fine arts graduate of Capital University.

Selfless in service to others, Charles was eternally youthful, never too tired for some fresh exertion or to share a new adventure. During his lifetime, he experienced thrills of discovery few have been privileged to encounter: Deep in a tropical rain forest perhaps, hearing the haunting cry of a bird seldom seen by human beings, then for a moment to catch sight of its splendid colors as it disappears deeper into the darkness. In this life, there are many ways to touch the face of God.

 

- Tom Thomson

 

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