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    Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 9:13am
Thanks for the updates!
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Gorgeous weather and a few good birds this morning...

* Blue-headed vireo (2) - singing male along the Springbook Lake Trail in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark (found yesterday by Matt Kemp) and another about 150 yards into the woods following the trail that goes west from Girdham through the clearcut meadow between Monclova and Sager Roads
* Brown creeper - in a very large pine stand following the trail noted above about 1/2 mile west of Girdham
* Blue grosbeak - singing first year male on the wires at the large field west of the airport (right at 20-A and Wilkins Road); hard to know if this is yet another new grosbeak or a wandering bird that has already been seen elsewhere
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Good finds, Matt. Those two species have indeed eluded me so far. And so has Yellow-billed cuckoo!
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Blue-headed Vireo and Black-billed Cuckoo (two species I haven't seen mentioned in Matt's reports yet) were both along the Springbrook Lake trail this morning, as were Hooded and Pine Warblers.   
 
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The censuses are winding down and bird activity is slowing a bit too. Many of the areas covered in the waning days of breeding season are not as likely to produce unusual species. Here are the highlights of the past three days:

 

  • Broad-winged hawk (3) – singles at Sager and Girdham, 295 and 20-A (both July 1), and Reed and 295 (July 2)
  • Red-breasted nuthatch – pair along Manore Road, ¼ mile south of Reed
  • Pine warbler (4) – scattered locations; raises total to 18 singing males
  • Hooded warbler (4) – scattered locations; raises total to 22 singing males
  • Summer tanager – pine stand ¾ mi west of Sager and Girdham (July 1); total up to a record 19 singing males
  • Dickcissel – singing male at Jeffers and Waterville-Neapolis Road (July 1); total of 22 singing males on census doubles previous high
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The birds noted below are from the Wabash-Cannonball bike trail (Eber Road to Route 64) and  Monclova Road from Route 64 east to Wilkins Road. The addition of Black-throated green warbler and Louisiana waterthrush brings the warbler total for June to 19 species plus Lawrence’s warbler.

 

  • Acadian flycatcher (5)
  • White-eyed vireo
  • Veery (8) – the bike trail between Whitehouse-Spencer Road and 295 is always especially productive
  • Black-throated green warbler – singing male at the bike trail bridge over Swan Creek (between Girdham Road and Route 64)
  • Louisiana waterthrush – where the stream crosses the bike trail between Wilkins and Girdham Roads
  • Lark sparrow (5) – Christmas tree farm on Obee Road
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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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Sure is an unusual year
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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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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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