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Oak Openings Breeding Season Updates

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This morning, I took a quick drive though Blue Creek, then I walked the length of Tornado Alley (TA) from Jeffers Road to Oak River Lane. This whole stretch is such a good birding area. Maybe nowhere in the state is as productive for Red-headed woodpeckers. Another Mourning warbler and Blue grosbeak were the best birds. Yellow-breasted chats have moved into this habitat in force.

 

  • Hooded merganser – Blue Creek
  • Ring-necked pheasant – Blue creek
  • Red-headed woodpecker (32!) – all in TA
  • Alder flycatcher (2) – TA, field at end of Ostrich Lane
  • White-eyed vireo (2) – field north of Horse Rider Center on Jeffers
  • Blue-winged warbler (2) – TA, field at end of Ostrich Lane
  • Chestnut-sided warbler (2) – TA (cumulative total of singing males up to 17)
  • Pine warbler (3) – TA
  • Mourning warbler – TA, midway between Jeffers and Old Wilkins (singing persistently, great views)
  • Yellow-breasted chat (9!) – TA (7), field at end of Ostrich Lane (2)
  • Hooded warbler
  • Summer tanager – TA (cumulative total of singing males up to 14 now)
  • Blue grosbeak – same spot as Mourning (also singing persistently)

 I was told by another birder that there was a Blue grosbeak near the Horse Rider Center at about the same time I was listening/watching the bird noted above. It seems likely that there are at least three singing males in OOPM (including the 1 or 2 that have been reported at Reed and Girdham).

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mhainen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2017 at 3:52pm
We had a male Northern Parula in plain view at Secor Metropark this morning south and west of Meadowview Parking lot.  We secured some nice pictures.  Cerulean was there earlier.  Redstarts and Hooded were very vocal.
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We had a mature and imature male Blue Grosbeak's at the cemetery on Girdham road this morning at 8 AM.  2 Grasshopper Sparrows along Sager road within 30 feet.

Edited by mhainen - 11 Jun 2017 at 3:55pm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Paul Chad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jun 2017 at 6:32pm
Does anybody else wonder as I do if:  the May we just had locally, with winds constantly out of the north (kept farther-north breeders down here?) and a few days of strong winds out of the south (to bring up more southerly species?) has contributed to the plentiful local rare breeders being found?
 
Great Birding, folks!
 
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This was work today to get to 63. Things were certainly pretty quiet. Not on the checklist, but I also heard a broad-winged on Reed west of Whitehouse-Spencer.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37602939
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This morning the birding south of Secor Metropark, west of Sylvania, and in Secor Metropark provided some nice stuff including a new Blue grosbeak site and a whole mess of Dickcissels…

 

  • White-eyed vireo (4) – all south of Secor Metropark
  • Cliff swallow (3) – Pacesetter Park
  • Veery (4) – Secor Metropark and Eber south of Angola
  • Blue-winged warbler – Their numbers are dwindling in Kitty Todd and other wild areas south of Secor
  • Northern parula (2) – singing males at Secor
  • Summer tanager – Kitty Todd at Eber and Old Stateline Road
  • Lark sparrow – singing male at a non-traditional spot along Whitehouse-Spencer Road just north of Garden Road
  • Henslow’s sparrow (2) – good year for this rarity; these were along 20-A just west of Eber
  • Grasshopper sparrow (2) – same site as Henslow’s
  • Blue grosbeak – first-year singing male at Sylvan Prairie (a few hundred yards south of southmost parking lot off Brint Road)
  • Dickcissel (17) – 13 (including 2 females) in a single field along Mitchaw Road on the north side of the running track at Timberstone School; 3 at Sylvan Prairie; 1 in a small weedy field along Angola Road just east of Raab Road.

 

Birds still missing from the list this breeding season include Black-billed cuckoo, Blue-headed vireo, Brown creeper, Golden-crowned kinglet, and Golden-winged warbler. If you have knowledge of the whereabouts of any of these species, please let me know!

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No new species to add to this thread but a couple items worth noting.  On the Oak Openings bird count today, Michael Fesh and I did relocate the Kentucky Warbler on County Road C between roads 1 and 2.  It was very close to the road.  Horse Rider Center Blue Grosbeak was singing early also.

A couple of numbers worth mentioning - we found 18 (!) Northern Mockingbirds, and no, we didn't backtrack roads and double count.  lol.  This surely must be a 1 day high count for our area.

Also, 27 Brown thrashers was remarkable, while not a record (Campbell had 75 one day back in 1936).  35 were found at Magee one day in '72 as well, but I bet this is a high count for recent times.

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Today, I covered areas south of Swanton, portions of the Maumee State Forest, and the countryside of southeastern Fulton and northeastern Henry Counties. The species list from these sections is almost always more mundane than other areas covered in the Oak Openings region. Not today. A largish bird feeding in a sizable lawn at 3261 Fulton County Road F caught my attention as I zipped by around 6:45am. I flipped the car into reverse and had to do a double take when I realized it was beautiful adult Yellow-crowned night-heron. It could hardly have been in a more unexpected location, feeding in a large lawn like so many others in the area. I watched and photographed it (with my cell phone) for 15-20 minutes, nervous the whole time that the homeowner would confront me for sitting in my car halfway down his long driveway. A Cooper’s hawk eventually dive-bombed the heron and chased it into the tree line on the west side of the property. Wow. 

The other particularly noteworthy report from today is a pretty amazing count of 25 Northern mockingbirds – no doubt a local single day record. Greg Links found 18 in the same general area yesterday. Why mockingbirds find these rural, open areas so attractive is beyond me.

 

  • Yellow-crowned night-heron – 3261 Fulton County Road F (maybe a first county record?)
  • Northern mockingbird (25) – in 22 different spots (2 together in 3 locations)
  • Black-and-white warbler – female in our Whitehouse back yard
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Sure is an unusual year
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Matt Anderson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2017 at 1:59am
Found a family group of at least 4 Red-breasted nuthatches tonight - spruce stand southeast of the intersection of Wilkins and Reed Roads (Oak Openings Preserve Metropark)
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