Date: 5/1/18 10:23 am
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County, 5/1
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark, Lake, Ohio, US
May 1, 2018 6:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: There was a good migration at Lake Erie Bluffs this morning, despite west-southwest winds. There were a lot more songbirds migrating today and fewer waterbirds. Swallows and blackbirds were the most obvious migrants today. There were also 237 chimney swifts this morning. Only 76 flickers were counted, so their migration is winding down.


Birds of note were two willets heading west over the lake.A migrating mockingbird was a surprise. We get them along the lake, but this was flying high and migrating. There were large numbers of vultures, but low numbers of hawks. the wind switched more westerly and may have pushed them more inland.


Winds were gusty and were west-southwest and changed to more of a west wind.. Flight direction was to the west. From 7:00 am-10-40 am counted migrants flying by the tower off Clark Road. The remainder of the time was spent walking the trails west of Lane Road.
84 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 132
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 7
Lesser Scaup 2
Red-breasted Merganser 76
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 417
Great Blue Heron 46
Green Heron 3
Turkey Vulture 408 Large numbers of turkey vultures were migrating this morning
Osprey 1
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7
Bald Eagle 9
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 12
Red-tailed Hawk 16
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Willet 2 Two birds were seen flying west over the lake. The distinctive black and white wing pattern was very evident.
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Bonaparte's Gull 56
Ring-billed Gull 528
Herring Gull 69
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Caspian Tern 91
Common Tern 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 26
Chimney Swift 237 There was a steady movement of swifts throughout the morning.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 76 Flicker numbers were down. It appears their migration is winding down.
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 3
Eastern Phoebe 7
Blue Jay 487
American Crow 34
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 79
Purple Martin 16
Tree Swallow 655 Tree swallows were migrating throughout the morning and made up the majority of migrating swallows.
Bank Swallow 9
Barn Swallow 114
swallow sp. 250
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Eastern Bluebird 3
Swainson's Thrush 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 61
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1 One flew by the tower heading west. appeared to be migrating.
European Starling 177
American Pipit 19
Cedar Waxwing 6
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 13
Palm Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 22
Chipping Sparrow 14
Field Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 31
Song Sparrow 42
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Northern Cardinal 9
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1300
Brown-headed Cowbird 125
Rusty Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 55
blackbird sp. 2000
House Finch 8
Purple Finch 3
Pine Siskin 12
American Goldfinch 286 Goldfinches are beginning to migrate. Most were headed west



John Pogacnik

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