Columbus, Ohio

Here are some interesting facts you may not know!

Male American Goldfinches molt their feathers twice a year. In fall, they turn to a muted olive color. In spring, back to the bright gold color. Not many birds molt 2x year.

 

Eagles do not reach full maturity until about age 4. The white feathers on their head appear around this age.

 

Some Eagles nests can weigh up to a ton (2000 lbs).

 

During migration, some hummingbirds may follow Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers for a tasty sap treat from the trees. Benefit is that some insects are also attracted to the sap. Two for one!

 

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds flap their wings 50 times a second.

 

Some Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds travel 2000 miles during migration, twice a year.

 

Great Horned Owls are one of the first birds to nest, beginning in January.

 

It is illegal to possess a native birds feather, even if you found it on the ground.

 

It is illegal to possess a native birds nest or eggs.

 

You may not remove that nest from your front porch, no matter how annoying it may be.

 

Bluebirds are in the Thrush family, same as Robins.

 

Male Cardinals feed females as part of the courtship behavior.

 

Purple Martin scouts (adult males) arrive in our area mid March.

 

Purple Martins migrate to South America.

 

Drakes (male mallards) do not participate in raising young.

 

First brood bluebird babies will help feed the second brood babies.

 

Difference between Grackles and Starlings: 

                     Starlings have yellow beaks in spring, non-migrator, white speckles on chest in winter.

                     Grackles are slightly larger with bluish head, yellow eyes and much longer tail. Migrates out in Aug, back in Feb.