Date: 7/22/17 5:10 am
From: rob thorn <robthorn...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Alum-Hoover,7-21: early 'migrants'
I stopped at several key migrant traps on these 2 reservoirs yesterday morning, including New Galena and Plumb Rd at Alum Creek Lake, and Wiese Rd and Oxbow Island at Hoover, and found a lots of post-breeding wanderers/early migrants. The water level at both reservoirs is very high, so shorebird potential here is nil, but landbirds seemed to be already moving around. Included in the list were:

Purple Martins - small groups were at all stops. This is the time to start looking for migrant roosts.
Barn Swallows - small groups and singles as flyovers at all sites
E.Kingbirds - 6-7 were at New Galena, and singles were at Wiese and Oxbow
Gnatcatchers - 7 were stranded on Oxbow Island, and 1-2 were at each of the other sites
Yellow Warblers - 6 were along the Wiese Rd bikepath, while 2-3 were at New Galena, and singles elsewhere
Prothonotary Warblers - conspicuous by their absence, I couldn't find birds at Wiese or Oxbow
Baltimore Orioles - adults and juveniles were at every site, though no great numbers yet.

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