Posts Tagged ‘Ohio’

SEEING RED

May 17, 2014

The Magee Marsh Boardwalk today was alive with feeding warblers as weather and insect activity brought nearly all predators down to lower levels of the forest. Most surprising were the scads of Scarlets who came down with them…Scarlet Tanagars at about fifteen feet above the ground.
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Our PIB tour group got twenty species of warbler in addition to many fine views of both male and female Scarlet tanagers during our hours on the Magee Marsh Boardwalk today. Magnolia, Bay-breasted and Blackburnian Warblers drew gasps of appreciation. When two Blackburnians appeared near one another I commented it was a conflagration of Blackburnians (with their flame-colored throats).

KETTLES ON; KIDDIES OUTTA THE POOL

May 14, 2014

P2000598There was a kettle of immature Bald Eagles over Pointe Mouillee just south of Detroit this morning. When I first saw this phenomenon I could not imagine what was up:

BE KTTL1At one time there were six of them circling and swooping about. BE KETTLE2

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One of the eagles had a duck or coot and the others were hoping to make a steal. Here’s the successful predator carrying its prey.
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OKAY, KIDS, OUT OF THE WATER:CAGO-FAM1

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow:
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Osprey on nest, Pointe Mouillee
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Tomorrow we begin the PIB trip to northwestern Ohio, co-sponsored by Golden gate Audubon.

May 13, 2014

forter1 Forster’s Tern fishing along Metzger Marsh, Ohio.

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eso -monEastern Screech-Owl sleeping.

howr nstHouse Wren at its nest hole.

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Wren on ground hunting for building materials.
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The five of us here at Magee Marsh’s bird festival from Partnership for International Birding and Neblina Forest Tours had a combined species list of 179. Tomorrow two of us begin leading tour for clients from California, Colorado and Florida–here to see the warblers and their friends.

BLACK AND WHITE IN FLIGHT

May 12, 2014

Along the Magee Marsh the word “beauty” is often spoken…with conviction not irony. With awe not sarcasm. It is a strange and wondrous thing to see so many adults admitting to the beauty of something so small, so valueless in monetary terms and so ephemeral as a migrating warbler less than six inches long:B-POL1 Blackpoll above. Bay-breasted male beliow:
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THIS MAY BE MY BEST PICTURE EVER:

B-W FLITE1This is a Black and White Warbler flying toward me through the trees.

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More Black and White
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Railing and Blackburnian Color

May 8, 2014

Here in Northwestern Ohio a line of thunderstorms passed thru on their way to Canada, leaving behind water, winds and warblers. Not the least of these: the male Blackburnian Warblers. By evening the winds had abated but the Blackburnian throat colors seemed to have heated up:BB WAR-FACING
The warbler drawing the biggest crowds was a female Cerulean, the only one of her species found here so far this week. The bird was found by Lelis Navarette of Quito who leads many of POIB’s trips in his native Ecuador. The Cerulean is one of America’s most trouble warblers. It is beset by habitat removal in its Columbian wintering grounds and mountaintop removal in West Virginia where many breed. Profiteers versus a beautiful but helpless creature.
The Black and White Warblers are one of the most abundant warblers here and their ability to scale trunks and climb upside on limbs may explain why there are so few nuthatches to find here.
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SORA CLRThis Sora was along the Auto Tour route in Ottawa NWR, found by a woman who didn’t know what it was. it was only her second day of birding and she’d gotten out of her car to “find that diving duck [Pied-billed Grebe]” and then flushed this funny-looking bird. Another birder driving by told her what it was, which meant nothing to her.

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BIGGEST WEEK, DAY #1

May 7, 2014

Today was the opening of the Biggest Week in American Birding festival here inn northwest IowaOhio. The four of us from Partnership for International Birding and Neblina Tours of Ecuador have already seen 110 species. Some samples:uppy-1Evenb here the increasingly scarce Upland Sandpiper is considered a good fine. These two were walking in the grass along the road margin today. Winter here has lingered and the birds could find grass tall enough to hide in.

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bhvi-tu6Blue-headed Vireo, the eastern counterpart of our western Cassin’s Vireo.

C-S WAR1 Chestnut-sided Warbler gives me the eye.

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eso-2014aYou know how much I love owls if you read my blogs. Eastern version of Screech-Owl.

oven1Ovenbird feeding on the forest floor.

puma sitzPurple Martin atop martin housing development at Ottawa NWR. They are big and aggressive e enough to drive off the real estate greedy House Sparrows.

swth-tu2014Swainson’s Thrush along the Magee Marsh boardwalk. All these birds are within a mile of the south shore of Lake Erie where the winds comes whipping off the waves.

TIS THE SEASON

March 30, 2014

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It’s not just about the nest box, but where that nest box is placed. This one happens to be in a patch of oak savannah at about 3000 in the western foothills of the Oregon Cascades. It’s surrounded by open meadow and rolling hills that drop sharply down to a year-round stream. No humans live within a mile of the place and it’s back from the highway. No pesticides, no toxics. Just the sort of neighborhood where you’d raise your family if you were a bluebird.
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This nest box is on the fence of a tiny garden behind a row of town houses. It faces a busy sidewalk next to a busier parking lot adjacent to a dog park full of noise-making carnivores. Just the sort of avian slum where you’d expect the hardscrabble House Sparrow to eke out a living on bread crumbs and seeds.
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This drumming Red-breasted Sapsucker is still advertising for a mate. House-hunting will come later.
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This pair of Flickers seem well-matched. She sits up and listens to his drumming. What more could a male Flicker ask for? And later in the day I saw them checking out nest holes in Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon. Location, location…
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GHO-NESTING1 (1280x960) Look carefully to the left of the female Great Horned Owl. You’ll see the round, white head of an owlet and its dark eye-rings. This is at least the fourth straight year a pair of GHOs have used this nest near Ashland. Whoever first built that nest did a great job; owls don’t build their own nests but “borrow” or squat in what they can find.
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PIB will be present at the Magee Marsh bird festival again in early May. Here are some nest pictures fro last year. This female Woodcock nested in a weedy strip along one side of the very busy parking lot.
woodcock nestShortly after they hatched before a group of wondering birders, mother Woodcock led her quartet of newly dried fuzz-balls into the nearby Magee Marsh woods where they quickly vanished from view.P1570600

Finding a place to raise your children is always emotional. This pair of Ohio Tree Swallows is a case in point.TRSW SCREAM

And, finally, this location seems perfect for Great Blue Herons. It’s at least the third straight year the nest has been used. It sits high in a cottonwood above Neil Creek, facing Oak Knoll Golf Course southeast of Ashland.

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HERE IN ASHLAND, OREGON, THE KLAMATH BIRD OBSERVATORY IS SPONSORING OUR FIRST-EVER MOUNTAIN BIRD FESTIVAL. IT IS MAY 30-JUNE 1. WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, WESTERN SCREECH-OWL, SANDHILL CRANES ON NESTING GROUNDS, BOTH EAGLES, NESTING OSPREY, ACORN & LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS, MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD AND CHICKADEE, HERMIT AND MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, CASSIN’S FINCH AND VIREO, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, BLACK TERN, RED-BREASTED AND WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKERS, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, LAZULI BUNTING, AMERICAN DIPPER, WRENTIT, TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE–SOME OF THE BIRDS WE EXPECT TO SEE. WITH A LITTLE BIRDING MOJO WE CAN ADD GREAT GRAY OWL, SOOTY GROUSE, MOUNTAIN QUAIL, NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL, SWAINSON’S HAWK, EVENING GROSBEAKAND NORTHERN GOSHAWK.

WARBLERS ALL AROUND

May 13, 2013

Cold, windy weather brought migrating and nesting warblers down to eye level at Magee Marsh today.
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How well do you know your eastrern wood warblers?
TOP TO BOTTOM:
American Redstart X 3
Blackburnian X 2
Black-throated Green X 3
Cape May X 2
Nashville X 2
Northern Parula X 2
Yellow X 2

CUCKOOL

May 11, 2013

BB-CUCK This Black-billed Cuckoo was one of several along the Magee Marsh Boardwalk today. An overnight storm had brought in plenty of migrating birds to this south shore of Lake Erie. Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, thrushes, vireos and warblers were all around us.

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LONG EARED OWL CLEARS BOARDWALK

May 10, 2013

The Magee Marsh Boardwalk is one continuous stream of birding and birders during the spring festival here in Ohio. A PIB guide made a late afternoon sighting of a Long-eared Owl (aided by screaming Robins) and brought over 100 birders speeding to the spot, clearing the rest of the boardwalk. Visual proof:le owl1

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