Final Checklists

Ornithological spring is quickly coming to a close.  While May 31 will end the official spring count, many lingering migrants can still be found in June.  Local dune birders often use June 5 as a better signal of summer.  Given the spring we’ve had, expect many lingering migrants to still be seen after this weekend.  We’ll still highlight summering birds and the upcoming fall migration on the blog.  Be sure to click the “Follow” link above to get updates this summer and fall.  We’ll also give tips on watching our saw-whet owl banding operations in October!

Today, May 30, was one of the warmest mornings of the season.  Strong south winds gusting to 20+ mph pumped in warm and humid air.  As has been the case this week, the warm air stimulated afternoon popcorn storms.  One such yesterday brought two inches of rain in 20 minutes.  For our count, the rain held off again until the afternoon, so a good count period took place, logging 3,595 birds.  Take a guess who led the pack today?

Cedar Waxwings enjoy a lakeside view during their late migration.  May 30, 2013.
Cedar Waxwings enjoy a lakeside view during their late migration. May 30, 2013.

Cedar Waxwings made up 85% of the migrating birds today.  In a sign that the end is near, not a single warbler was identified going by today.  Birds go by every day without identity, but if a warbler went by, it was not identified to species.  After a few weeks hiatus, another Eurasian Collared-Dove was seen going by.  Even stranger was the continued migration of Red Crossbills.  9 more flew past, making this the sixth day this May we’ve recorded them.   We’re clearly not the only ones seeing them.  Take this report of 80 crossbills seen in NW Ohio yesterday!

Cedar Waxwings migrating past the longshore platform.  May 30, 2013.
Cedar Waxwings migrating past the longshore platform. May 30, 2013.

The rest of the day’s steamy highlights follows:

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Green Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 14
Forster’s Tern 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Kingbird 28
Blue Jay 102 
Cedar Waxwing 3079
Summer Tanager 1
Dickcissel 2
Bobolink 2
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 3
Red Crossbill 9 
Pine Siskin 10

Oddball Red-headed Woodpecker eating nyger seed today!
Oddball Red-headed Woodpecker eating nyger seed today!
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One thought on “Final Checklists”

  1. I have been following your blog for the last few months and find it a great adventure. I belong to the Highland Kiwanis and I was wondering if someone from the migration program could come a talk to our members. It would be June 27 in the afternoon. Pls contact me at jeannine_calderon@yahoo.com if this is possible and for further information.

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