Saturday, May 15, 2010

Big movement Saturday

This'll be a quick post; it's much too late.
Saturday brought the biggest wave of migrants this spring to our area.  Saturday morning found several memeber of the Hancock County Naturalists and myself at Springville Marsh in Seneca County.    Warblers present included:
N. Parula
Black-throated Blue
Black-throated Green
N. Waterthrush
C. Yerllowthrat

At the same time we were at Springville, Jeff Loughman observed many warblers at Camp Berry, south of FIndlay, including an Orange-crowned Warbler
And at Riverbend Recreation Area, right by the Findlay Reservoirs, Nick Fensler report strong warbler numbers, including multiple Canada and Mourning Warblers, plus a Connecticut Warbler not far from te campgrounds.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Findlay Reservoirs, White-rumped Sandpiper, BB Plover

The gale force winds from Saturday died down enough for Sunday to enjoy a walk out at the Findlay Reservoirs.  It was pretty quiet around 11:30am, but what few things out there made it all worthwhile.

Firstly, there was one, possibly two, White-rumped Sandpipers on the dike between both reservoirs.  I could kick myself; the one allowed me to get within 8 feet at one point.

There was also a Black-bellied Plover on the south dike in the extreme SE corner of #2 (the big one).  Oddly, the bird seemed to be hanging out with a pair of Ring-billed Gulls.

The immature Common Loon that has stayed out there all spring was still present.  Today he was tring out his song.  Very odd to here a loon cry in the middle of a bright, sunny day.  Still nice, though.

In the woods along the Blanchard River on the east side of the reservors, both species of Orioles were present, as well as a very persistently singing Northern Waterthrush.  In both areas, Chimeny Swifts and Barn Swallows were present by the dozens.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Golden-winged Warbler, Litzenberg

Early Sunday Morning Sue Baxter and I decided to dodge some rain and check out Litzenberg.
While the sheer numbers of species seems a down for early May (52), we did get a few good birds.
Easily the best was a singing male Golden-winged Warbler.  Sue an I both got several decent to good views, plus the bird called about a half-dozen times in ten minutes.
This warbler was located in the far NW corner of the north side of Litzenberg Memorial Woods.  Follow the main trails directly back all the way to the wooden service-access gate just off the back county road.  The warbler was about 25 feet off the trail to the left, and about 15 feet up in an oak.

Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 5
Cedar Waxwing 43 big flock over the parking lot
Golden-winged Warbler 1  male singing and observed
Yellow Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 3

Scarlet Tanager 1 male
Vesper Sparrow 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 2