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. :)