Monday, April 27, 2009

Why aren't you out birding?

This post is a few days past due; I've been either working or birding.
Firstly, I recieved a call Sunday from Ron S., who informed me that the Golden-crowned Sparrow was last seen Friday morning. Seems like it moved on.
Secondly, the first wave of migrants is here! Jeff and I hit Camp Berry Saturday and Oakwoods Nature preserve early Monday before work. Oakwoods seemed a bit more active. Rather than go through all the birds, I'll just list some of the highlights:
Thrushes: all species at Camp Berry, Swainson's v. common both places
Vireos: Blue-headed, Warbling, White-eyed (Oakwoods)
Warblers: Yellow-rumpeds, Yellow, Black-throated Green, Tennessee, Nashville, Worm-eating (in both places!), Black-and-white, Common Yellowthroat, Palm, Pine, Northern Waterthrush, Kentucky(!), and Hooded.

Also Sue Baxter emailed me to report that she had BOTH species of Tanagers. In her backyard. Not bad birding if you can get it.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

About the Golden-crown again

The public window for viewing the bird has past, and by all accounts it was a complete success. About 150-160 showed up, and virtually everyone got at least a glimpse. The overwhelming majority of people were kind and courteous, and the owners couldn't be happier. That being said, I think they are relieved it's over!
The odds are, one or two people will try to see it after today, but to be honest, I can't imagine the bird staying around for more than a day or two. The will change so dramatically this weekend, with strong south winds, that the bird would be a fool to stay.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Golden-crowned Thursday

The Golden-crowned was still present Thursday, early afternoon. I was almost convinced it was leaving last night. Well, shows what I know.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Golden-crowned Update

As a general FYI: The Golden-crowned was still present Sunday afternoon, April 12. I imagine tomorrow (Tuesday) that one or two other people will check again.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Eurasian Wigeon

This seems to be a good year for 'goodies'. On Saturday morning a drake Eurasian Wigeon was observed at Springville Marsh Nature Preserve.
It was observed on the "main" pond, that is, enter the marsh via the boardwalk heading straight from the lot (not past the info board). After a while, the boardwalk splits, take it to the left. In about 100yds you'll come to the bird blind. He was out on the pond.
Stricktly speaking, Springville Marsh is Seneca County, in the SW corner on CR24 (Muck Rd.) It doesn't look like much at the entrance, but it's generally worth it to walk the boardwalk.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow.
East of Findlay, Ohio April 08, 2009
The exact location is currently being kept secret at landowners' request.
The habitat is rural farmland, and the landowners' property is about 5 acres of mostly thick, over-grown grass with many brush piles and several bushes and trees.
It cannot be a coincidence that a Golden-crowned Sparrow (state 1st), and a Mountain Bluebird (state 2nd) show up at roughly the same time, within 45 miles of each other. The only reason this bird was sighted and reported is it just so happened to find an isolated (for Hancock County) house with ideal habitat. It doesn't hurt that the landowners' are wildlife nuts and know when they see an "odd" bird!
This is what gets me; how many other rarities are there in NW Ohio (and elsewhere) that are currently being overlooked? Argh! Enough to make me want to quit my jobs and go birding! So, if anyone out there would like to hire a full-time bird watcher in Northwest Ohio, let me know. I'll be happy to apply. :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring migration warming up.

It's definately looking a lot like April in the area. I took an early morning, pre-church hike Sunday to Riverbend Recreational Area. For those who don't know, Riverbend is immediately North, North-East of Findlay Reservoir #2, along the river, right where it makes a 90 degree turn west.
Migrants seen were Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, Fox Sparrows, White-throat and White-crowned Sparrows and many, many Juncos and Song Sparrows.
Also of note, observed flying overhead was one Common Loon and about 125 Bonaparte's Gulls, and along the wires just outside of Riverbend were my first Tree Swallows of the year.
The weather is suppose to turn nasty around here Monday and Tuesday; this will probably slow migration up quite a bit.