Another Toledo discovery: the Window on Wildlife at the Wildwood Preserve Metropark. Several of the Metroparks feature a WOW, and basically, all it is is a window wall looking out onto a collection of birdfeeders and such. (My husband has already been told that we need to upgrade the feeding station outside our much-more-modest picture windows.) Why the excitement, you might ask. The answer: urban biodiversity.
We probably only spent about fifteen minutes in the windowed room, and I didn't write down the number of feeders, but the area, backed by young woods, featured at least the following: peanut feeders, suet feeders, thistle feeders, high and low tray feeders, flat stones used as ground-level feeders, a pond in which a mallard pair had made themselves quite at home, stands of leafy plants for cover, and at least one fallen log.
What I remember seeing, in a few minutes on an ordinary Saturday afternoon, included the following:
the aforementioned mallards
two male goldfinches
one of the sparrows with eyebrows
two downy woodpeckers
a red-bellied woodpecker
and assorted LBBs.
A most satisfactory view.