” On The Road”

I’ve spent the last day and a half birding up along Lake Erie for the first time in 2 years. If you remember last year I camped in Daniel Boone national Forest at Red River Gorge checking out some of the breeding warblers in the area. Well this year I returned to Lake Erie, but for only a very short time. All told I probably spent a total of 14 hours birding. But in those 14 hours I either heard or saw a total of 85 birds with 24 of those being warblers, which I think is pretty respectable for the time allotted.

  1. Wilson’s warbler
  2. Yellow warbler
  3. Yellow-rumped warbler
  4. Blue-winged Warbler
  5. Common Yellowthroat
  6. Black-throated Green Warbler
  7. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  8. Blackburnian Warbler
  9. Bay-breasted Warbler
  10. Ovenbird
  11. Canada Warbler
  12. American Redstart
  13.  Mourning Warbler
  14. Cape May Warbler
  15. Nashville Warbler
  16. Tennessee Warbler
  17. Northern Parula
  18. Louisiana Waterthrush
  19. Prothonotary Warbler
  20. Magnolia Warbler
  21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  22. Palm Warbler
  23. Black & White warbler
  24. Blackpoll Warbler

This trip I did come across a few surprise birds. At a new Toledo Metropark called Howard Marsh, for the second year in a row 2 Black-necked Stilts have taken up residence.

And at the same park I counted 3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds.

Granted these are a couple of great birds for this part of the country. And as much as i enjoyed watching them, the real surprise came the morning i was leaving to go home. I stopped one more time at Howard Marsh to see if the Black-necked Stilts were any closer for some better pictures, which they weren’t, so I drove off and decided at the last minute to check out Metzger Marsh, which is right next door.

I was pulling out my camera to take a shot of a Common Gallinule when I noticed a small bird in the tall grass right next to the road. A Least Bittern. In the past I’ve only had fleeting glimpses of these reclusive birds, however this time was different.

2 responses to “” On The Road”

  1. Connie Hadley

    Looks like you had an adventurous day! Love seeing the pictures!

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