“On The Road” – Day 2

Sometimes if I had no luck, I’d have no luck at all. Once again I’ve missed out on 2 life birds, one being a Yellow-headed Blackbird seen at the boardwalk, and  the other being a Connecticut Warbler also seen on the boardwalk while I was at Metzger Marsh. AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH.

Now that I’m over my fit of rage at the birding Gods, today was pretty good with warm temps. and a nice breeze. I made the usual stop at all the places with good birding at all. Despite the fact that I’m suffering from Warbler neck and eye fatigue I’m holding out. A couple of times today I pulled the bird-mobile under a shady tree and closed my eyes for a few minutes before heading out again.

One of my first stops today was back to see if I could re-locate the Upland Sandpiper. It took only a few minutes before I was able to spot.

This is a little better than yesterdays effort, but still not very good.

The boardwalk was pretty much the same as yesterday with light traffic with plenty of room despite all the big camera rigs. Some of the better pictures of birds will probably be an improvement than me rambling on.

I was really surprised how well this Prothonotary Warbler picture turned out.

Yellow Warbler

Green Heron

How often do you get this close to an American Woodcock.

American Redstart

One of the newer additions to the Magee Marsh and Ottawa NWR is a trail that links the 2 parks together by a trail that is at the Eastern portion of the parking lot. This trial dips into the woods for a short bit before re-emerging onto a maintenance road that heads to the estuary. At the end of the road was a grad student from Ohio State who was set up for some bird banding. He’s working on the migratory habits of American Redstarts and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

A immature Screech Owl found along the estuary trail.

At Metzger Marsh my intent was to get a few photos of some of the wading birds and maybe a Common Gallinule.

Semipalmated Plover

The Dunlins were everywhere at Metzger Marsh, and the next 2 pictures will show a mature and a immature Dunlin.

Mature Dunlin

Immature Dunlin

Common Gallinule (a.k.a. Moorhen)

A nice treat was a fly over of 3 Black Terns as I was on my way out. I did take a picture, but it looks like any other picture of some birds flying over.

Back at Magee Marsh and the boardwalk, I saw some Terns fly and land on the beach. Grabbing my spotting scope I was able to snap off a couple of pictures of these Common Terns and another surprise, a Ruddy Turnstone.

Common Terns

One more tip from a couple of ladies I meet at Metzger was some Black-bellied Plovers were feeding in this field along Krause Road, which bisects with Stange Road, where the Upland was seen.

Black-bellied Plovers

Despite missing out on 2 life birds, here’s my list for the day.

  1. Rock Dove
  2. House Finch
  3. Field Sparrow
  4. Song Sparrow
  5. White-crowned Sparrow
  6. American Robin
  7. Common Grackle
  8. Black-capped Chickadee
  9. Mourning Dove
  10. Northern Cardinal
  11. Red-winged Blackbird
  12. Chipping Sparrow
  13. Red-tailed Hawk
  14. Upland Sandpiper
  15. Black-bellied Plover
  16. Horned Lark
  17. Yellow-breasted Chat
  18. Indigo Bunting
  19. Trumpeter Swan
  20. Great Blue Heron
  21. Great Egret
  22. Green Heron
  23. Canada Goose
  24. Brown-headed Cowbird
  25. Baltimore Oriole
  26. Sandhill Crane
  27. Eastern Wood Pewee
  28. Tree Swallow
  29. Mallard
  30. Yellow Warbler
  31. Magnolia Warbler
  32. Blackburnian warbler
  33. Black and White Warbler
  34. Canada Warbler
  35. Palm Warbler
  36. Cape May Warbler
  37. Blackpoll Warbler
  38. Bay Breasted Warbler
  39. Black-throated Blue warbler
  40. Black-throated Green Warbler
  41. Tennessee warbler
  42. Nashville Warbler
  43. Prothonoatry warbler
  44. American Redstart
  45. Blue Jay
  46. Red-eyed Vireo
  47. Warbling Vireo
  48. White-eyed Vireo
  49. Gray Catbird
  50. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  51. Northern Parula
  52. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  53. Great Horned Owl
  54. Eastern Screech Owl
  55. Wilson’s Warbler
  56. Black-billed Cuckoo
  57. American White Pelicans
  58. Forester’s Tern
  59. Common Tern
  60. Ruddy Turnstone
  61. Herring Gull
  62. Red-breasted Merganser
  63. House Wren
  64. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  65. Eastern Kingbird
  66. Eastern Phoebe
  67. Yellow-throated Warbler
  68. Common Yellowthroat
  69. Veery
  70. Hermit Thrush
  71. Killdeer
  72. Semipalmated Plover
  73. Dunlin
  74. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  75. Least Sandpiper
  76. Purple Martin
  77. American Goldfinch
  78. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  79. Downy Woodpecker
  80. Northern Flicker
  81. Chimney Swift
  82. Turkey Vulture
  83. Common Gallinule
  84. Barn Swallow
  85. Common Coot
  86. Black Tern
  87. American Woodcock


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2 responses to ““On The Road” – Day 2

  1. Beth Hammergren

    I love these pictures. I would love to try to create some quilts using some of these pictures as inspiration. (Especially the owl)

  2. Another impressive list. Nice photos too.

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