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Oak Openings Breeding Season Updates

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    Posted: 03 Jun 2017 at 9:19pm

This morning was about as good as it gets in the Oak Openings. Among the 93 species and one great hybrid were a great variety of warblers. Here are the highlights, all found in or adjacent to Oak Openings Preserve Metropark:

 

Broad-winged hawk

Barred owl (4)

Eastern whip-poor-will (10)

White-eyed vireo (3)

Red-breasted nuthatch – Wilkins Road just south of Reed Road

Blue-winged warbler (4)

Lawrence’s warblerterritorial male on private property

Nashville warbler – singing male at Horse Rider Center, Jeffers Road

Chestnut-sided warbler (4)

Pine warbler (6)

Prairie warbler – singing male just east of intersection of Girdham and Reed Roads

Black-and-white warbler – singing male at Lou Campbell Tall Grass Prairie

Kentucky warbler – singing male along Route 64 east of Jeffers (across from entrance to Camp Courageous

Mourning warbler – same location as Kentucky warbler

Hooded warbler (8)

Yellow-breasted chat (2)

Summer tanager (9 singing males!)

Henslow’s sparrow (2) – field nw of intersection of Girdham and Reed Roads

Blue grosbeak (2) – singing males just north of intersection of Girdham and Reed and near entrance to Horse Rider Center

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Of note from a walk on the Secor Metropark bike path yesterday (all singing males, presumably on territory):
2 N. Parula
7 Am. Redstart
9 Acadian Flycatcher
3 Hooded Warbler
2 Veery
3 Yellow-throated Vireo
 
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Highlights this morning from Secor Metropark and spots nearby are listed below. It’s worth noting that Metropark officers have become much stricter recently about pulling to the side of the road at Secor. Be careful.

 

Including the couple of Northern parulas found by Matt Kemp yesterday at Secor, that makes 17 species of warblers (plus the Lawrence’s warbler hybrid) in the Oak Openings the past two days. Not bad for June! The Lawrence’s, Nashville, Cerulean, and Prairie are breeding season firsts since I started doing these censuses in 2013.

 

  • Wilson’s snipe – Irwin Prairie
  • Pileated woodpecker (2) – Secor Metropark
  • Acadian flycatcher (14) – Secor Metropark
  • Alder flycatcher – Whitehouse-Spencer Road just south of Old State Line Road
  • Cliff swallow – Angola Road just east of Raab Road
  • Blue-winged warbler (3)
  • Yellow-throated warbler – Irwin Road just south of Wolfinger Road
  • Cerulean warbler – just east of Tupelo Drive about 100 yards south of stream that crosses road
  • Black-and-white warbler – same spot as Cerulean
  • Hooded warbler (4) – Secor Metropark
  • Summer tanager (2) – Irwin Road between Bancroft and Wolfinger, Bancroft Street just east of entrance to Secor Metropark (singing on TV antenna!)
  • Vesper sparrow (3) – mud lane extension of Degenfelder Road
  • Grasshopper sparrow (4) – mud lane extension of Degenfelder Road
  • Dickcissel – Miller Road, just west of Secor Metropark (singing and making buzz note calls from high atop a tree – took off to the north)
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Last Wednesday I had three Northern Parula's along Girdham road north of Sager.  Found by song and confirmed with some high tree top shots for ID purposes only.  Also had FOY year Black-billed Cuckoo at tornado alley.  Three Blue Grosbeaks along Girdham at north end of open prairie.  Nice pictures of one.  
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Had a casual bike ride around the Mallard Lake area, including a portion of old Reed road. A parula was calling on the northeast corner of Wilkins and OO Pkwy. I recall a couple years ago there was one parula calling in the lodge parking lot well into June. Haven't heard one there yet this year. Other notables included yellow-throated vireo (behind the lodge), and an immature male orchard oriole and yellow breasted chat on the east side of old Wilkins road in Tornado Alley.
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This evening, Tornado Alley hosted a really late Olive-sided flycatcher.
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Scouted for next weeks count this morning. Stops including Oak Openings Preserve, Secor, Camp Miakonda, Wildwood, and the Maumee State Forest. 72 species in all. Some highlights are listed below:

Turkey (Oak Openings Parkway west of nature center)
Yellow-billed cuckoo (Mallard Lake, bridge on north side)
Belted Kingfisher (Miakonda and Whitehouse Spencer at 20...weird)
Acadian flycatcher (plenty at Secor, a couple in OO, and one at Wildwood)
Bank Swallow (observed about a dozen at Whitehouse Spencer and 20)
Veery (64 at Camp Courageous)
Northern mockingbird (CR C between 3 and 4)
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Blue-winged warbler
Hooded warbler (only one calling at Secor, two at Springbrook)
American Redstart
Yellow-throated warbler (continuing in Nature Center parking area)
Yellow-breasted chat (horse barn and Sager by the airport)
Grasshopper sparrow (airport field)
Henslows sparrow (2, calling from north and south end of field at Girdham and Reed)
Lark sparrow (north of horse barn among other spots)
Vesper sparrow (new spot for me, farm field on southwest corner of Raab and Angola)
Summer tanager (Girdham and Reed as well as the nature center parking lot)
Scarlet tanager
Eastern meadowlark (many calling near the airport)
Orchard oriole (one immature male near the horse barn)
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Another summer rarity in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark this evening...Sharp-shinned hawk. It was in the woods directly behind (east of) the Girdham Road dunes, flying back and forth over the bike trail. I'm guessing that it's nesting somewhere nearby. There are only a handful of local breeding records.
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Most of my time this morning was spent in the Maumee State Forest. Here are the highlights:

 

  • Red-shouldered hawk – Fulton Co Road 4 between B and C
  • Pileated woodpecker (2) – C & 2, Manore between 64 and Archbold-Whitehouse Road
  • White-eyed vireo (5) – several near C & 2
  • Veery (9) – most near C & 2
  • Blue-winged warbler (2) – C & 2
  • Chestnut-sided warbler (8) – mostly near C & 2
  • Pine warbler (2) – near Kentucky warbler spot (see below)
  • Prairie warbler – Manore Road north of 64. It’s back again.
  • American Redstart – Kentucky warbler spot
  • Kentucky warbler – C around 1/3 of a mile east of 2 (Park at entrance to sandy service road/ATV trail with cable across entrance on north side of road, walk back a couple of hundred yards to the northeast until you get to a wet spot on either side of the ATV trail.)
  • Hooded warbler (2)
  • Yellow-breasted chat – C & 2
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I had a very vocal yellow breasted chat at the Tall Grass prairie early yesterday am right on old Wilkins.
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