|Blue -headed Vireo Building Nest|
|Red Bellied Woodpecker|
Ohio Birds and Biodiversity is right on the target for his knowledge base. The Quest folks gave us not only a Birds of Ohio checklist, but a plant list for the area, with both common and Latin names for each plant. Jim just rattled off the Latin like he speaks it at home every day, which he very well may do. But I really appreciated his dedication to us birders. Not only can he hear warblers through a closed van window, he made sure we recognized the song as well using a program on his phone. But he was very careful not to overuse the technology and freak out the little guys up in the treetops. One of the hardest things about birding is finding the bird someone else has discovered. Where is it? In that tree... goes that standard answer. Sigh! Jim carries a small laser pointer to trace the path to the correct three, and he can hold it steady on the appropriate branch. I was so impressed! Our birding was a big success because he patiently made sure that everyone saw the bird. Just follow the green dot in this photo, and look to the right for the Blue-winged Warbler we found.