Blendon Woods Metro Park Nature Center

Late last year I was out at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Westerville Ohio looking for a fairly rare winter visitor that had been seen at the Nature Center there.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see this bird- maybe next winter!- but I did get some photos of the various other visitors that were attracted to the feeders, stream and landscaping that the Metro Parks system had created.  So, there’s no unique bird to show you, but the regulars were photogenic enough to receive their own post.

Nature Centers are located at some of the Metro Parks.  They are educational facilities for visitors to learn more about the natural world located right outside their doors in the parks.  At Blendon Woods the area adjacent the Nature Center is a superbly-landscaped area designed to attract birds and wildlife.  Not only are there butterfly-friendly plants and shrubs as well as multiple bird feeders- this Nature Center  is Monarch Waystation #526, providing resources for migrating Monarch Butterflies- but there is a really cool artificial 100-foot-long stream with running water.  All of this attention to detail attracts many visitors, human, bird, animal and insect.

More about this Nature Center in a future post when I profile a number of these fine Metro Parks.  For now, I’ll focus on what I saw outside the windows at the beginning of winter.  How many species can you recognize?

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Next week, you’ll see what was going on in the stream behind the feeders.