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Oak Openings Spring Migration Update

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Topic: Oak Openings Spring Migration Update
Posted By: Matt Anderson
Subject: Oak Openings Spring Migration Update
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 3:42pm
As indicated elsewhere, there were two Yellow rails calling at Irwin Prairie early this morning. Kudos to Todd Haggard for discovering one of these super-rare rails last night. Soras and Virginia rails are also plentiful at Irwin, and several Wilson's snipes were performing their courtship flights this morning. At least one has been doing the same over the west end of the airport as well.
Red crossbill numbers may actually be building - at least 19 were near the lodge this morning with one male in full song again. Whip-poor-wills have also returned.

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 05 May 2018 at 3:51pm
Miscellaneous stuff this morning...
* Swanton Reservoir - Common loon
* N Jerome Rd and Monclova Rd (flooded field) - Semipalmated plover (3), Pectoral (20) and Least (7)sandpipers
* Strayer Rd extension (retention pond just north of flooded field) - Bufflehead (5), Blue-winged (6) and Green-winged (1) teal
* County Rd C, 0.5 mi east of County Rd 2 (Fulton Co) - Kentucky warbler (probably back on territory)
The field at N Jerome and Monclova has lots of water, and will likely continue to attract shorebirds.

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 05 May 2018 at 5:54pm
Secor Metropark - early Acadian flycatcher, Hooded warbler

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 05 May 2018 at 11:28pm
Wilkins Road north of the lodge in OOPM - early Common nighthawk, two Yellow-throated warblers (100 yards south of Reed Rd, 1/4 mile north of Reed)

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 06 May 2018 at 3:03pm
This morning...
* Yellow rail - Irwin Prairie (50 yards west of Irwin, right near boardwalk). As has been its pattern, it began calling around 6:15. At least one bird has been present for eleven days now.
* Connecticut warbler (early) - Schwamberger Road just south of Bancroft
* Red-breasted nuthatch (7) - scattered sites at and near OOPM
* Marsh wren - Irwin Prairie (first I've ever had there)
* Henslow's sparrow (2) - north end of field NW of Girdham and Reed
* Blue grosbeak - Girdham Road and Reed Rds (adult male)
* Red crossbill (26!) - Oak Openings Lodge (I saw 8. George Sydlowski had 26 a bit earlier. Amazing. At least a couple males were singing and chasing females. These birds clearly have other unknown spots nearby where they hang out during the day.)
* Pine siskin (3)

Posted By: Chanders
Date Posted: 06 May 2018 at 10:01pm
This morning I had a singing Yellow throated Warbler on the Blue Trail. Also two singing Creepers. One on the Red Trail, one at Mallard Lake parking lot.

Posted By: J Mollenkopf
Date Posted: 08 May 2018 at 3:28pm
The Crossbills wowed a crowd yesterday as they fed on cones high in the pines on the north edge of the lodge parking lot. Also with the leaves being so late, Yellow-breasted chats were showing well at Kitty Todd.

Jim Mollenkopf

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 09 May 2018 at 3:40am
Sandhill crane in the first farm field south of 20-A along Whitehouse-Spencer Road (east side) tonight.

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 12 May 2018 at 4:51pm
This morning, there were excellent numbers of warblers (25 species) between Secor Metropark and Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. Most were feeding high in oak trees. Tennessees were probably the most numerous (estimated 55). There was a singing Kentucky warbler in the woods north of 10923 Old State Line Road, and I had Golden-winged warblers in two spots (both moving with mixed flocks of other warblers).

Red crossbills persist at OO Lodge, and small numbers of Pine siskins are still around. Both species should be observed closely for nesting evidence. The crossbills showed up in the same spot they're being seen almost six months ago. I don't recall such an extended stay (by a long shot) by either crossbill species in our area.

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 13 May 2018 at 12:42am
Warblers were darn good in W Lucas Co today - 29 species between the Oak Openings and Andersons Farm in well under a half day of birding. Kentucky, Golden-winged, Mourning, Yellow-throated, and Prothonotary made the list.

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 13 May 2018 at 4:05pm
The flooded area of the field at N Jerome and Monclova Road keeps getting bigger. Shorebird numbers have been low, but it's worth checking. This morning, there were two Short-billed dowitchers; yesterday a Dunlin and some Lesser yellowlegs; Semipalmated plovers and Least sandpipers earlier in the week.

Posted By: skcorbo
Date Posted: 18 May 2018 at 2:57am
Pretty good morning in OO today.  Highlights:

Alder Flycatcher- Manore immediately north of 64
Blue-headed Vireo- at least one calling in the pine stand on Manore just south of Reed
Louisiana Waterthrush- calling in the wet woods just north of Lou Campbell Prairie
Kentucky Warbler- previously reported bird on Old State Line, singing quite loudly

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 20 May 2018 at 5:41pm
Lots of good birds this weekend in the Oak Openings...
* Chuck-will's-widow - See separate post.
* Red crossbill - 2 yesterday and 18 today at the lodge
* Blue grosbeak - Girdham and Reed, this morning
* Brown creeper - singing male at the lodge, both days
* Yellow-breasted chat - at least 3 this morning
* Kentucky warbler - a singing male persists on private property along Old State Line Road
* Connecticut warbler - singing birds in a couple of spots south of Secor Metropark
* Also...Olive-sided flycatcher, plenty of Alder flycatchers, a few Yellow-bellied flycatchers, Red-breasted nuthatch, Henslow's sparrow
I'm no doubt missing other good birds found by North Coast Open participants yesterday.

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 21 May 2018 at 12:29pm
Dickcissel overhead at home in Whitehouse yesterday, 4 Pine siskins at the feeder this morning

Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 26 May 2018 at 2:52pm
The Chuck-will's-widow remains (12 days at least now), and a single Red crossbill was singing at the lodge. Pretty amazing to have these two species within a few hundred yards of each other in late May. The Chuck-will's-widow has been present for at least 12 days now, and the crossbills were first seen at the lodge over six months ago. Mosquitos are horrendous in the park.
Two Pine siskins are still at our feeder this morning.

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