August is usually a time for me to switch to other summer activities like swimming, fishing and having barbecues. But still, I always carry my binoculars with me wherever I go. This is a time when I enjoy seeing all the young fledglings leaving the nest. Over the past few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to see a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk flying with its parents over Hidden Lake Gardens. Then a few weeks later a family of Scarlet Tanagers were frolicking around the Hosta Hillside. Closer to home I snuck up on a family of Green Heron at Bird Park in Tecumseh. And just yesterday I was fortunate enough to see a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers with a juvenile at Bird Park.
In the coming weeks I’ll change my focus from nesting birds to other activities, like counting Chimney Swifts at the Community Center in Tecumseh. And pretty soon we’ll start to see more and more Sandhill Cranes congregating in the area.
If you have seen any birds let us know. What’s in your yard or local park? We would love to hear from you.