Date: 5/9/18 9:58 am
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs 5/9
Fantastic day (5/9) at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County. There were large numbers of blue jays, orioles, goldfinches and kingbirds migrating by the tower this morning. Flybys of note were 7 red crossbills, observed heading west, and a fish crow heading east. I spent a bit of time on the trails off Lane Road. Of note there was a young male summer tanager, hooded and orange-crowned warbler, and yellow-breasted chat. There were a lot of thrushes in the woods. Yellow warblers and gray catbirds were everywhere, even in the woods. In all, in five and a half hours, I had 112 species


ake Erie Bluffs Metropark, Lake, Ohio, US
May 9, 2018 6:30 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments: Started off on the Clark Road tower counting flyby migrants. At 9:00 I went over to Lane Road and walked the trails there. There was a good migration with large numbers of blue jays, orioles, indigo buntings, kingbirds, and goldfinch. I was joined on part of the walk by Paul and Sue Belanger. Conditions were southwest winds with mostly sunny skies.
112 species

Canada Goose 21
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 1
Red-breasted Merganser 19
Wild Turkey 4
Horned Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 47
Great Blue Heron 13
Green Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 156
Osprey 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 5
Sora 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 134
Herring Gull 24
Caspian Tern 2
Common Tern 7
Forster's Tern 5
Mourning Dove 3
Common Nighthawk 1
Chimney Swift 21
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 13 All but two were flying high, migrating east.
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 5
Merlin 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 4
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 63 Most were migrating west
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 6
Red-eyed Vireo 7
Blue Jay 3484 Large numbers were flying east with numerous flocks of 100+ birds
American Crow 23
Fish Crow 1 A single fish crow was seen flying east over the lake. It called numerous times. The call was a very nasal " cah".
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 128
Purple Martin 9
Tree Swallow 52
Bank Swallow 196
Barn Swallow 55
Cliff Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Veery 17
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 11
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 28 Wood thrushes were calling everywhere in the woods. This was one of the highest totals I have seen of them at this park.
American Robin 61
Gray Catbird 138 Catbirds were extremely common today. This area has large areas of prime habitat and they were everywhere.
Brown Thrasher 2
European Starling 47
Cedar Waxwing 41
Ovenbird 2
Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 37
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 6
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 184 Yellow warblers tend to be very numerous at this park. They were even found in the woods today. If anything, this total is underestimated.
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Palm Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 11
Field Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 9
White-throated Sparrow 18
Song Sparrow 38
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Summer Tanager 1 A young male bird was observed on the ground drinking at a puddle. The bird was a mottled yellow and red throughout its plumage.
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 14
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 38
Indigo Bunting 52 There was a significant flight of indigo buntings flying west. They were passing by in small groups of up to 6 birds.
Bobolink 21
Orchard Oriole 24
Baltimore Oriole 214 Large numbers of orioles were migrating by in flocks as large as 8 birds
Red-winged Blackbird 96
Brown-headed Cowbird 38
Common Grackle 41
House Finch 3
Red Crossbill 7 Seven red crossbils flew by the observation deck heading west. At least two of the birds were mostly red males. They were identified by call of "ip-jip-jip". I am very familiar with their flight call.
Pine Siskin 9
American Goldfinch 394 Large numbers of goldfinches were migrating west.

John Pogacnik

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