Date: 2/24/17 8:40 am From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/24
I spent a few hours on the tower watching the migration. Until 8:30 it was calm, 39 degrees, and very slow. Around 8:30 the wind picked up out of the south and and the birds began pouring through. One of the things I found interesting today was the birds migrating east and west. Blackbirds right over the lakeshore were heading west. They were either red-winged blackbirds or starlings. To the south there were a lot of mixed flocks of blackbirds. There were a lot of killdeer moving with 93 counted. The last few days they were either singles or a couple here and there. Today there were several flocks with the largest 14 birds. Of note was a short-eared owl out over the lake and 4 white-fronted geese heading east out over the lake.
Vultures began moving around 9:00. I ended up with 155. They seemed to slow down a bit when it started getting very windy. Other hawks counted were northern harrier 2, Cooper's hawk- 1, red-tailed- 14, red-shouldered 3, and merlin-1. Not bad for February.
Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, Ohio, US
Feb 24, 2017 7:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Comments: Stationary from tower at the Clark Road parking lot. Calm winds and 39 degree temperature until 8:30. At 8:30 winds switched and by the time I left, it was 71 degrees.
35 species (+1 other taxa)
Greater White-fronted Goose 4 Four birds flew by low over the water heading east. Identified by smaller size, speckled bellies and white above the bill.
Canada Goose 218
Tundra Swan 19
Common Goldeneye 3
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 405
Turkey Vulture 155 Vultures were migrating . First birds were noted by 9:00.
Northern Harrier 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 14
Killdeer 93 Killdeer were migrating. The largest flock was 14 birds.
American Woodcock 2
Ring-billed Gull 860
Herring Gull 236
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 8
Short-eared Owl 1 Flying out over the lake.
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 943
Eastern Bluebird 17
American Robin 126
European Starling 455
Red-winged Blackbird 2450
Eastern Meadowlark 11 Meadowlarks were migrating overhead.
Rusty Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 240
Brown-headed Cowbird 96
blackbird sp. 1500
American Goldfinch 2
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