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You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen. Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities.

Alton Campground
(614) 878-9127
6552 W Broad St
Galloway, OH
 
Mann's Mobile Home Estates
(614) 239-7900
755 Stelzer Rd
Columbus, OH
 
Tree Haven Campgrounds Inc
(740) 965-3469
4855 Miller Paul Rd
Westerville, OH
 
Deer Creek State Park
(740) 869-3124
Mount Sterling, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Alton RV Park
(800) 421-7116, (614) 878-9127
6552 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH
Campground Availability
35 Total Camp/RV Sites, 30 20 Amp Service, 35 30 Amp Service, 21 50 Amp Service, 35 Electric and Water, 35 Electric Only, 35 Full Hookups, 2 Group Sites, 45 Max RV Length, 20 Pull-Thru Sites, 35 Seasonal, 35 Sideouts, 1 Tent Sites,

Carvel Manor Mhp & Propane Sales
(740) 983-2682
14461 State Route 104
Ashville, OH
 
Jackson Lake Park
(614) 837-6050
3715 Cedar Hill Rd Nw
Canal Winchester, OH
 
Alton RV Park*
(614) 878-9127
6552 W Broad St
Galloway, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood

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Jackson Lake Park
(614) 837-2656
Canal Winchester, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Fishing, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Tree Haven Campground
(800) 421-7116, (740) 965-3469
4855 Miller Paul Road
Westerville, OH
Campground Availability
130 Total Camp/RV Sites, 130 Electric and Water, 20 Pull-Thru Sites, 80 Sideouts, 20 Tent Sites,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site, Store,
Recreation
Marina, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool,

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Learn the Basics to Bird Identification

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Bird Watching 101


By Maxye and Lou Henry

Have you always wondered how experienced birders can confidently identify birds with just a glimpse? This information from the Cornell University Lab or Ornithology will help you learn the identification skills you need by describing the characteristics birders pay particular attention to in the field.

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen.

Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities. As your observation skills improve, familiarize yourself with the field marks — colored or patterned areas on the bird's body, head, and wings — that help distinguish species.

Birds in the same general group often have the same body shape and proportions, although they may vary in size. Silhouette alone gives many clues to a bird's identity, allowing birders to assign a bird to the correct group or even the exact species.

Posture clues can help place a bird in its correct group. Watch an American robin, a common member of the thrush family, strut across a yard. Notice how it takes several steps, then adopts an alert, upright stance with its breast held forward. Other thrushes have similar postures, as do larks and shorebirds.

Once you have assigned a bird to its correct group, size can be a clue to its actual species. Be aware, though, that size can be difficult to determine in the field, especially under poor lighting conditions or at a distance. Size comparisons are most useful when the unknown bird is seen side-by-side with a familiar species. In the absence of that, you can use the sizes of well-known birds, such as the house sparrow, American robin and American crow, as references when trying to identify an unfamiliar bird.

Most birds fly in a straight line, flapping in a constant rhythm, but certain bird groups have characteristic flight patterns that can help identify them. Birds of prey may be identified by the characteristic way they hold their wings when viewed flying toward you.

In general, each species of bird occurs only within certain types of habitat. And each plant community — whether abandoned field, mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, desert or freshwater marsh, for instance — contains its own predictable assortment of birds. Learn which birds to expect in each habitat. You may be able to identify an unfamiliar bird by eliminating from consideration species that usually live in other habitats. (Be aware, though, that during spring and fall migration birds often settle down when they get tired and hungry, regardless of habitat.)

Here are some birding hotspots and the species most likely to be seen ...

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