Friday, May 1, 2009

Crane Creek

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.

-- Explanation--

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.

--The list--


Snow Goose

  American Crow  
Canada Goose   Horned Lark  
Mute Swan   Purple Martin  
Trumpeter Swan   Tree Swallow TRES, Crane Creek, 14May06
Wood Duck   Northern Rough-winged Swallow NRWS, HWBS, May06, Front
Gadwall   Bank Swallow  
American Wigeon   Barn Swallow  
American Black Duck   Carolina Chickadee  
Mallard   Tufted Titmouse IMG_0254
Blue-winged Teal   White-breasted Nuthatch  
Northern Shoveler   Carolina Wren (e) CARW, HWBS, May06, Profile head
Northern Pintail   House Wren  
Greater Scaup   Winter Wren  
Lesser Scaup   Ruby-crowned Kinglet Mexico 2007 153
Bufflehead Female Buffleheads, Lake St. Mary area, 22 Apr 06 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
Hooded Merganser   Eastern Bluebird  
Red-breasted Merganser   Veery Veery HWBS, 8May06
Ruddy Duck   Gray-cheeked Thrush GCBT, HWBS, May06, Head & Chest
Ring-Necked Pheasant   Swainson’s Thrush Swainson's Thrush, MUBO, 3 May 07 (2), Resized
Pied-billed Grebe   Hermit Thrush HETH 11APR2009 MUBO-6
Double-crested Cormorant Disney_09 (1275) Wood Thrush  
American Bittern American Bittern, Hueston Woods Apr 2006 American Robin AMRO, Crane Creek, 15May06, Chicks
Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron, Acton Lake, Sugar Shack, Aug 2006 Gray Catbird  
Great Egret Great Egret, pre-alternate molt, 23 Apr 06 Northern Mockingbird  
Snowy Egret Snowy Egret, Crane Creek, 23 Apr 06-2 Brown Thrasher Brown Thrasher, 14 June 07, HWBS_filtered
Green Heron (e)   European Starling  
Black Vulture   Cedar Waxwing Cedar Waxwing, SY, HWBS, Profile Heasd, 29 May 06
Turkey Vulture Turkey Vulture, Hueston Woods, 22 Apr 06 Blue-winged Warbler BWWA, MUBO, 23 Apr 07 (2)
Osprey   Tennessee Warbler Tennessee Warbler, 14 May 07, MUBO_filtered
American Bald Eagle   Nashville Warbler  
Northern Harrier   Northern Parula  
Sharp-shinned Hawk   Yellow Warbler Yellow Warbler, Male, HWBS, 9 May 07
Coopers Hawk   Chestnut-sided Warbler Chestnut-Sided Warbler, HWBS, 9 May 07
Broad-winged Hawk   Magnolia Warbler MAWA, Male, HWBS, 9May06, Head & Breast
Red-Tailed Hawk   Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Butt shot, 9May06
American Kestrel   Black-throated Green Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler, HWBS, 02 May 2006
Sora   Yellow-throated Warbler  
American Coot   Pine Warbler  
Black-bellied Plover   Palm Warbler  
American Golden Plover   Cerulean Warbler  
Semipalmated Plover   Black-and-White Warbler Black & White Warbler, Female, 14 June 07, HWBS, starting Prebasic Molt_filtered
Killdeer Killdeer, Nesting, Crane Creek, 22 Apr 06-2 Prothonotary Warbler  
Spotted Sandpiper   Worm-eating Warbler  
Solitary Sandpiper   Ovenbird Ovenbird, MUBO, 28 Apr 07
Greater Yellowlegs   Northern Waterthrush HWBS, 02 May 2006-4
Lesser Yellowlegs   Louisiana Waterthrush Louisiana Waterthrush, HWBS, 26 May 06
Pectoral Sandpiper   Common Yellowthroat Common Yellow Throat Warbler,Side  24 Apr 06
Dunlin   Hooded Warbler HOWA, MUBO, 23 Apr 07
Wilson’s Snipe   Wilson’s Warbler Mexico 2007 099
Bonaparte’s Gull   Summer Tanager  
Ring-billed Gull   Scarlet Tanager  
Herring Gull   Eastern Towhee Eastern Towhee, portrait, 16Apr07, MUBO, Resized
Caspian Tern   Chipping Sparrow Chipping Sparrow, Home Feeder, Cincinnati Apr 2006
Common Tern   Field Sparrow  
Rock Pigeon   Savannah Sparrow _MG_6697
Eurasian Collared-dove   Song Sparrow  
Mourning Dove   White-throated Sparrow WTSP, MUBO, 27 Apr 07 (3)
Great Horned Owl IMG_6770 White-crowned Sparrow White-Crowned Sparrow, HWBS, 9 May 07
Chimney Swift   Smith’s Longspur  
Belted Kingfisher   Northern Cardinal NOCA 11APR2009 MUBO-5
Red-bellied Woodpecker RBWO, HWBS, May06, Head profile Rose-breasted Grosbeak -30
Downy Woodpecker   Indigo Bunting Indigo Bunting, ASY Male, 5 Jun 07, MUBO 2_filtered
Northern Flicker PICT0005-12 Red-winged Blackbird Red-Winged Blackbird, HWBS, 9 May 07
Pileated Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker, Male, HWBS, 29 May 06 Rusty Blackbird  
Eastern Phoebe Eastern Phoebe, HY, 14 June 07, HWBS_filtered Common Grackle Common Grackle, Male, 22 May 07, MUBO_filtered
Great-crested Flycatcher   Brown-headed Cowbird BHCO, 16April2009, SY, M, HWBS-2
Eastern Kingbird Eastern Kingbird, Female, 30 May 07, HWBS_filtered Baltimore Oriole Baltimore Oriole, HWBS, 9 May 07
White-eyed Vireo (e) WEVI, HWBS, 2006 Purple Finch  
Yellow-throated Vireo   House Finch House Finch 2006 Thimbleglen Dr
Blue-headed Vireo Blue-headed Viero American Goldfinch AMGO Cinci House, 8May06
Warbling Vireo   House Sparrow  
Blue Jay BLJA, MUBO, 23May06, Head    

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