So I am at Crane Creek this weekend. It is located in northern Ohio just West of Port Clinton on Lake Erie. It is a birding hot spot in Ohio and when the spring migration is in full swing it is a wondrous time. The warblers that drop in look like Christmas ornaments hanging from the trees. you can get within a couple of feet of them and get the greatest looks.
We started our trip on the 25th of April and started at Hueston Woods State Park. when we were done there we had 40+ species of birds either seen or heard. the biggest most impressive thing that we saw was the Cerulean Warbler. Only the second time I had seen one in my life. It was pretty impressive.
From Hueston Woods we continued on to north to Celina to find the Eurasian Collared Dove. We found it. Only the second time I have ever seen this bird too, the first time was in Brownsville Texas in 2008. We stopped for lunch at Wendy’s I had a Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Iced Tea. From here we took off to find the Smith’s Longspurs.
This was going to be a life bird for me if we could find it. as we drove around the back roads of Celina it was starting to look like we were going to miss out on this particular bird. That is until Dave stops looks out the window and jumps out of the van and says “there it is.”
-- Side Story--
I have known Dave now for nearly three and half years. He has taught me a lot about how to bird how to band birds and basic rules of life (never to old to learn). the one thing that I have learned over these years I have come to learn that Dave has hearing abilities that no normal human could possess. I really believe that the man could be in the middle of a roaring river and hear a chip note from a Northern Parula. He can hear a bird a 100 yards ID it and go find in under five minutes. It is absolutely incredible when he does this. I have learned to trust in Dave’s hearing ability and it is truly amazing.
--Back to the trip--
So Dave lets us know that we should be looking for a plant, weed actually, called foxtail. so we looked around the clumps of foxtail in an agriculture field. It wasn’t long after that we found them. there were several that were in and amongst the foxtails. It was a spectacular bird. it was almost completely in its breeding plumage. they were awesome! I couldn’t believe that I had another life bird.
A Life bird is a bird that you have never seen before. it is really important for a lister like my self. A lister is someone who keeps a record of the birds they have seen in their life. I should add up how many i have for the U.S. soon, I will let you all know soon. I am hoping to be somewhere in the 200’s. I will keep you all up to date because i am hoping to in crease my list while at Acadia.
--The story continues--
we stayed for about a half hour following the birds in this ag-field.
It was time to continue on, we got back to 75n and headed to Sandusky and Magee Marsh. it was a long trip but worth it. we got there around five or six. We started by traveling around the area to various hot spots. The two Highlights of this part of the day was a field full of shore birds and and walking the first quarter of the boardwalk at Magee Marsh. We then went for Pizza Hut and turned in for the night around 2230. The next morning that started at 0600 with breakfast in the lobby and a run over the Mawmee looking for Avocets that had dropped in the night before. We struck out on those. We kept at birding for the rest of the day and finally left the area around 1700 and got back to Oxford at 2100
So there is a reason there are no pictures here, My camera lens is broken :( I was pulling it out when i was at Magee Marsh on saturday and realized that my long lens was broken. It wouldn’t focus, it was locked when in autofocus and would actuate when focused manually. I was very sad that it happened.
So here is the final birdlist for the trip: pictures are from my personal collection just to show the birds that I saw while on the trip.