On Saturday, we went to Raptor, Inc.’s Owl Prowl at the Spring Grove Cemetery (that sounds odd but it turned out to be a good location for it). They brought a great horned owl (which I’ve seen before), a brown screech owl (which I’ve seen many times before), a red screech owl (which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before), and a peregrine falcon (which I’ve looked for but have never seen).
Someone in the audience claimed that they saw peregrine falcons in their back yard which sounded pretty fishy. Falcons usually live near high places (the ones in the area live in downtown Cincinnati on tall buildings).
Today we went to Pancakes in the Woods at California Woods Park. On the way, we saw Canada geese, sea gulls, and a red-tailed hawk. On the way home, we saw what appeared to be a bald eagle.
It was only a few miles from where bald eagles are confirmed to have nested and where I’ve gone to Hamilton County Park programs to see them (we looked but never found them).
I immediately felt bad for doubting the kid who said he saw falcons. The eagle was within regular range but it seemed much too close to a residential area for eagles in this area to go. Possibly it could have been a very big and discolored hawk. If I were to mark it in a bird count, I’d put a Roger Maris asterisk next to it.
We’re going to a park program next week about blue heron so I’ll ask about it. At least I’m sure about seeing a falcon up close.