Date: 5/4/18 8:41 am
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Kirtland's Warbler, Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County 5/4
There were some good birds this morning at Lake Erie Bluffs with the highlight being a very vocal Kirtland's warbler. Also observed was a golden-winged warbler and at least two yellow-breasted chats. The chats were moving around a bit, so it's possible there may have been 3.

Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark, Lake, Ohio, US
May 4, 2018 6:40 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Conditions were cloudy with intermittent rain early. Winds were southwest and gusting.
79 species

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 3
Red-breasted Merganser 84
Ruddy Duck 2
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 36
Great Blue Heron 7
Turkey Vulture 14
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5
Bald Eagle 1
Ring-billed Gull 233
Herring Gull 11
Caspian Tern 4
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 23
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 14
Least Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 8
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 221
American Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 47
Purple Martin 6
Tree Swallow 49
Bank Swallow 7
Barn Swallow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 16
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
Veery 3
Swainson's Thrush 7
Hermit Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 17
Gray Catbird 48
Brown Thrasher 9
European Starling 22
Ovenbird 2
Northern Waterthrush 5
Golden-winged Warbler 1 One singing bird was observed just west of the shelter
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 9
American Redstart 2
Kirtland's Warbler 1 A singing Kirtland's warbler was found along the Bluffs trail in the northwest quadrant of the trail. It was just east of the opening with a bat house. The bird's singing was the first thing noticed. It was a loud clear call. The best description would be most similar to the one in the Sibley guide of ; Flip-lip-lip-lip, tip-tip-chilip. It was in some dense brush and not too far in, but most of the time was not visible. I "pished" and it briefly came closer where I was able to see it. It was a medium sized warbler with a gray back and lemon yellow below. The chest was streaked with black. It wagged it's tail constantly and seemed pretty agitated. It moved back in and called a bit, stopped for several minutes and then resumed. Another birder came by and we had it sing very close, stopped a few minutes, and then call further south into the brush. We did not hear it again. Observation time was about 10-15 minutes. It was in the open only twice and then it was brief. It was an adult male.
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 79
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 17
Chipping Sparrow 11
Field Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 23
White-throated Sparrow 49
Song Sparrow 31
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 5
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 11
Baltimore Oriole 18
Red-winged Blackbird 190
Brown-headed Cowbird 45
Rusty Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 22
American Goldfinch 125

John Pogacnik


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