Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Yellow-billed Cuckoo is today's highlight...

High pressure has light East winds coming off the lake but there were a few more chip calls today compared to yesterday. These days have been beautiful to be outside! The day produced 35 new birds plus 5 recaptures for a total of 14 species. Not much to sing about the birds today (not much singing goes on this time of year anyhow). A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was probably the best highlight for the day. Gray Catbirds are still hanging out waiting for the first sign of fall. After all, it is not fall season until the 21st. You should be able to see a Gray-cheeked Thrush around the marsh region so if you have not seen one, get out and look for them. Gray-cheeks take a different fall migration route than they do in the spring. Their fall migration route from the breeding grounds in Alaska and at that latitude is a southeasterly route having them cross Ohio. Ohio is not the main route for them returning from their South American wintering grounds. Therefore, fall is the best opportunity to see them.

Hatching year Red-eyed Vireos may fool you with their dark eye. Never fear! It will turn red by spring.

Top 4 species:
Swainson’s Thrush - 9
Gray Catbird - 4
Gray-cheeked Thrush - 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 3

Enjoy the beauty of the season.

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