Magee Marsh, OHIO and Clarion County, PA

May 12 - May 19, 2012

A roadtrip with Martin Selzer, Bill and Naomi Murphy
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May 12, 2012
After an 8 hour drive across PA on Rt 80 we arrived at Magee Marsh around 3:15PM. While it was a long drive there wasn’t that much traffic and the scenery in western PA is gorgeous, vast forests and rolling mountains with little sign of human occupation. First thing out of the car we heard about a Kirtland’s Warbler then being seen west of the parking lot, so off we went. We quickly found a small group of birders and soon after the bird popped into view and was very easily seen and enjoyed. For me it was a "life bird" so it marked the start of what was to be an amazing trip.

We then came back to the parking lot and walked the famous boardwalk trail from west to east. It was the tail end of the "big week" and there were still lots of birders and photographers around but birding was very easy and exciting and everyone was very helpful. The trees are not nearly as tall as in the east and birds are much easier to see and for those with serious cameras (and there were many), easy to photograph.

After pulling ourselves away we continued west to the town of Oregon and our home base, the Comfort Inn.


Along the Magee boardwalk

Birds Seen en route and at Magee

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Double-crested Cormorant – along Rt 80
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Herring Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Downy Woodpecker

  • Pileated Woodpecker (PA) nearly flew into our car as it was trying to cross Rt 80
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush
  • Swainson's Thrush everywhere
  • Wood Thrush- heard only
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • European Starling


Kirtland's Warbler

19 species of WARBLERS

  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Black-and-white Warbler – heard only
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • American Redstart
  • Kirtland's Warbler LIFER!!!! Very cooperative bird
  • Cape May Warbler (1) great looks
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler – very common
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Wilson's Warbler

  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • House Sparrow

Total Species seen – 57

    Buttetrflies Seen:

  • Cabbage white
  • Orange sulphur
  • American Lady
  • Red Admiral

May 13, 2012 (Sunday)
The weather continues warm and sunny although it was a little chilly in the morning. We decided to spend the morning west of Magee at Oak Openings. This vast park system offers very different habitats and the possiblity of birds not commonly found along the lakeshore. We had to work pretty hard to pick up species here. While Red-headed Woodpeckers and Lark Sparrows were very easy to find, we dipped out on 2 of our target birds: Blue Grosbeak and Summer Tanager.


Wet Woodlot at Oak Openings
We then headed back to Oregon for lunch before heading east to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge . They have a long auto route but it's only open on the weekends in May so today is our only chance to drive the loop. It's a beautiful marsh but we didn't find as many birds as we'd hoped.

We continued from there to Metzger Marsh looking for more marshbirds, especially rails. We managed to hear Virginia but one never appeared. Shorebirds were predominantly Dunlin in a wide variety of plumages.

  • A) Oak Openings
  • B) Ottawa NWR auto route (only open on weekends)
  • C) Metzger Marsh

Birds Seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Mute Swan (2) (B)
  • Gadwall (1) (B)
  • American Black Duck
  • Mallard
  • Blue-winged Teal (1) (C)
  • Hooded Merganser (1) (B)
  • Double crested Cormorant
  • Pied-billed Grebe (1) (C)
  • American White Pelican (4 fly overs) (B)
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret

  • Green Heron (1 fly over) (A)
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron (1) (C)
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Common Gallinule (10+) (B) (C)
  • American Coot
  • Semipalmated Plover (B) (C)
  • Killdeer (B) (C)
  • Dunlin (B) (C)
  • Short-billed Dowitcher (B) 2+
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull

  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 coming to feeder) (B)
  • Red-headed Woodpecker (A) (4+)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – heard only
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee – heard only
  • Acadian Flycatcher (1) (A)
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher (A) (1)
  • Eastern Kingbird (A)
  • Warbling Vireo (A)
  • Red-eyed Vireo (B)
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow

Red-headed Woodpecker

Wooded trail at Oak Openings

  • Purple Martin (B)
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow (A)
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (A)
  • House Wren
  • Marsh Wren (B)
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (A) heard only
  • Eastern Bluebird (A)
  • Wood Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • European Starling

    WARBLERS
  • Ovenbird (A) heard only
  • Blue-winged Warbler (A) heard only
  • Nashville Warbler (B) (1)
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler (A) (1) heard only
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler (A) heard only
  • Yellow-breasted Chat (A) (1)

Enjoying a break at Oak Openings

Boardwalk trail at Ottawa NWR

  • Eastern Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow (A)
  • Lark Sparrow (A) 5+
  • Savannah Sparrow (B) (2)
  • Grasshopper Sparrow (A) (3)
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow (A)
  • Scarlet Tanager (A)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Indigo Bunting (A)
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark (A) (1)
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Orchard Oriole (A) (B)
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • American Goldfinch (A)
  • House Sparrow

Total Species seen - 81

Butterflies seen :

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus
  • Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus
  • Cabbage White Pieris rapae
  • Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme
  • American Copper Lycaena phlaeas
  • Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa
  • American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

Great Egret

May 14, 2012 (Monday)
Breakfast at 7AM at the Comfort Inn and we were pon the road by 7:30AM. It's interesting that yoou don't need to be out at dawn to see warblers. Because of this we made a stop en route to search far fields for grass-lovers.

We then spent the rest of the morning on the boardwalk at Magee. There are still lots of people but not nearly as many as last week. Lots of birds were everywhere and we had a full morning of birding before taking a break and heading off for lunch. After lunch we decided to check out Maumee which is a short drive west. Here we did a brief check along the beach and then walked a boardwalk trail behind the Nature Center. We didn't have many birds here but it was a nice walk.

Breaking early we headed home for some time off before going out to dinner.

  • Stop #1: (A)...... Krause & Stange Rds in search of Uppies
    found 1 at the end of Stange Rd. where it comes back to Rte 2; aso found Horned Larks
  • Stop #2 (B) ...... Morning at Magee Marsh boardwalk - lots of birds
  • Stop #3 (C) Afternoon walk the Nature trail (long loop) at Maumee
    Birds Seen ...

  • Canada Goose
  • Greater Scaup (C) (1)
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (C) (1) adult
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Killdeer (A)
  • Lesser Yellowlegs (A) (2)
  • Upland Sandpiper (A) (1)
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Forster's Tern (C) (2)
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo (B) (1)
  • Eastern Screech-Owl (B) (1)
  • Great Horned Owl (B) (1) juvenile bird
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker

  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher – heard only
  • Warbling Vireo - (B) lots
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Horned Lark (A) (1+)
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow (C)
  • Purple Martin (C)
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Tufted Titmouse - heard only
  • House Wren
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing (B) (1)

    16 species of WARBLERS
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Cape May Warbler – 5+ gorgeous birds
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler - lots
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler – heard only
  • Palm Warbler – brighter “eastern race”
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler


Prothonotary Warbler

  • Savannah Sparrow (A) (1)
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Indigo Bunting (B) (C)
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • House Finch at the motel
  • American Goldfinch (B)
  • House Sparrow

    Total Species seen - 69


One of the many Red Admirals in the area

Fox snake in a Tree along Magee Boardwalk

    Butterflies: many in the flooded woods around Maumee
  • Cabbage white
  • Orange sulphur
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Pearl Crescent
  • Monarchs
  • American Lady
  • Red Admirals
  • Mourning Cloaks

    Other Stuff:
  • Fox Snake in a tree
  • Blandings Turtle

May 15, 2012 (Tuesday)
We started on another bright sun shiny day with temperatures climbing into the high 80’s. We decided to stop by Metzger to try once again fo0r the rails and to see if any new shorebirds had turned up. The weather is almost too good and there hasn't been any real push of birds coming through. Of couse, compared to the rest of the world the numbers seem amazing.

One the way to lunch we cruised by the Boss Unit around the corner and then checked Krause Road again.

After lunch we decided to go back to Oak Openings to try and catch those birds we'd missed earlier.


Photographers along the Magee Boardwalk
  • A) Metzger Marsh fro rails
  • B) Magee Marsh boardwalk trail
    (around corner to the Boss Unit 1 block east- and then over to Krause Rd.)
  • C) Oak Openings and the Todd Reserve
    Birds Seen....

  • Canada Goose
  • Gadwall (A)
  • American Wigeon (A) (1)
  • Mallard
  • Double-crested Cormorant (A) 1 flyby
  • American White Pelican (B) (4) probably the same 4 birds we saw flying around earlier
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Virginia Rail (A) heard only calling from the marsh at the last curve
  • Common Gallinule (A)
  • American Coot (A)
  • Black-bellied Plover (6) in plowed field along Krausse Rd.
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper (A) bad looks at flyby bird
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper (1) at the Boss Unit
  • Dunlin – lots , most in rich breeding plumage
  • American Woodcock (B) 1 bird seen along the boardwalk
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – heard only (B)
  • Black-billed Cuckoo (B) (2) along boardwalk right overhead
  • Eastern Screech-Owl (B) same bird in same tree as earlier
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (B) heard only
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee (B) (C) heard only
  • Great Crested Flycatcher (C) heard only
  • Eastern Kingbird (C)
  • Warbling Vireo (B)
  • Red-eyed Vireo (B)
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Horned Lark (B) along Krause Rd
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • House Wren (B) (C)
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (B )
  • Eastern Bluebird (C)
  • Swainson's Thrush (B)
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • orthern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • American Pipit (B) 3 birds along Krausse Rd.
  • Cedar Waxwing (B)

    22 species of WARBLERS
  • Ovenbird (C) heard only
  • Blue-winged Warbler (C) heard only
  • Black-and-white Warbler (B)
  • Prothonotary Warbler (B) amazingly approachable
  • Tennessee Warbler (B)
  • Orange-crowned Warbler (B)
  • Nashville Warbler (B)
  • Common Yellowthroat (B) (C)
  • American Redstart (B)
  • Northern Parula (B)
  • Magnolia Warbler (B)
  • Bay-breasted Warbler (B)
  • Blackburnian Warbler (B)
  • Yellow Warbler everywhere
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (B)
  • Blackpoll Warbler (B)
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler (B) female
  • Palm Warbler (B)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (B)
  • Black-throated Green Warbler (B)
  • Wilson's Warbler (B)
  • Yellow-breasted Chat (C) same bird

  • Eastern Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow (C)
  • Field Sparrow (C)
  • Vesper Sparrow (C) at Todd Tract
  • Lark Sparrow (C)
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln's Sparrow (C)
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Orchard Oriole (C)
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

    Species seen – 89


Woodcock seen along the boardwalk at Magee

    Butterflies Seen:
    including an amazing Willow Tree along the Wabash/Cannonball trail in Oak Openings that was literally covered in leps.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Cabbage White
  • Clouded Sulphur
  • Orange Sulphur
  • American Copper
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • 'Spring' Spring Azure
  • Pearl Crescent
  • Question Mark
  • Mourning Cloak
  • American Lady
  • Red Admiral
  • Red-spotted Purple
  • Little Wood-Satyr
  • Silver-spotted Skipper
  • Northern Cloudywing
  • Least Skipper
  • Zabulon Skipper

    Total species: 19

May 16, 2012 (Wednesday)
Finally a small break in the "good" weather: a cold front came through this AM leading to 30 minutes rain but the brisk north winds continued all day keeping the temperatures in the 70's which is a big change from yesterday's high 80's. It didn't seem like there were that many birds on the boardwalk but we saw quite a few species and picked up some new ones.

  • AM - Metzger Marsh in the rain
  • Krausse and Stange roads
  • Boss Unit
  • Magee Marsh
  • Boss Unit again
  • Ottawa (woods behind Nature Center)
  • Back to Magee boardwalk
  • Back to Metzger Marsh

3 White-faced Ibis at Metzger

    Birds Seen ...

  • Canada Goose
  • Mute Swan
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret (1) at Ottawa
  • Green Heron
  • White-faced Ibis (3) at Metzger
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Common Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper (1) at Boss
  • Solitary Sandpiper (1) at Ottawa
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper (1) at Boss
  • Least Sandpiper
  • White-rumped Sandpiper (1) at Boss
  • Dunlin
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Great Horned Owl - same juvenile
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Horned Lark
  • Purple Martin
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • House Wren
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1) at Magee
  • Veery (1) at Magee
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush (1) at Ottawa
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing

    22 species of WARBLERS

  • Ovenbird (1)
  • Northern Waterthrush (1) at Magee
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler (1) at Magee
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • American Redstart
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler - many
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Canada Warbler (1) at Magee
  • Wilson's Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • House Finch

    Species seen - 90

    Butterflies seen...

  • Monarch
  • Viceroy
  • Red Admiral
  • Question Mark
  • Possible Hobomok Skipper

Viceroy
May 17, 2012 (Thursday)
Another gorgeous, sunny day beginning at Metzger Marsh and then stopping off at the Boss Unit before heading to the boardwalk trail at Magee. It was a bit more quiet than usual so we did a side chase trip to the “beach tail” at the extreme east of the parking lot in search of a reported Conn. Warbler but with no luck.

After a nice lunch at the Oregon Inn we drove to Maumee and the Nature Center where we heard about some good birds along the beach which, luckily we found. Continuing east to the Mallard Marsh (1st parking lot) we hike the dike looking for Sedge Wren which I never saw. Then it was over to Ottawa Lucas Road to check out the marsh.

Making it an early day we got back to the motel around 4PM for a break before heading out for dinner.

    Birds Seen ....

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • White-faced Ibis still at Metzger but not in the great light we had yesterday.
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Virginia Rail – finally got good looks at 1 bird running across an opening in the vegetation.
  • Common Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Killdeer
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper – 1+ at Boss
  • Least Sandpiper – a couple at Boss
  • Dunlin – still lots in all plumages but most have the rich reddish backs and black bellies
  • American Woodcock – great looks at a bird just a few yard off the boardwalk trail at the 1st loop
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Least Tern – 1 bird on the beach at Maumee, evidently a VERY rare bird for Ohio.
  • Common Tern – finally got good looks at a bird flying along the beach at Magee
  • Forster's Tern
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-headed Woodpecker – 1 bird heard call along the beach at the Magee parking lot and seen by MQS.
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – sounds very like a Least Flycatcher which was our initial ID until Bill pointed out how yellow it was below with a gray breast and a pale throat.
  • Willow Flycatcher – heard first then seen well along entrance road to Magee
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Purple Martin – colony at Maumee
  • Tree Swallow
  • Bank Swallow – a few at Maumee
  • Barn Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow – a few at Maumee, nesting around rest rooms at the beach at Maumee
  • House Wren
  • Marsh Wren heard at Mallard Marsh
  • ( I could not pick out the Sedge Wren the others were hearing in the same area)
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Brown Thrasher – 2 at Magee
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing – 10+ at Magee

    13 species of WARBLER at the boardwalk at Magee

  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • American Redstart
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Wilson's Warbler

  • Song Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow

    Species seen - 63

Butterflies: Not many seen today, mostly Red Admirals and a few Ladies.
May 18, 2012 (Friday)
Left Oregon early for the 3 1/2 hour drive to the Piney Tract in Clarion county. The weather is still sunny and warm and the birds were pretty quiet but we checked out 3 spots on Mt. Airy road , Stockdill Rd and then Hilltop near Curllsville where we actually got to see a singing clay-colored sparrow. But our real taget bird (Henslow's Sparrow) eluded us.

We only saw a small portion of these amazing grasslands. This late in the day, things were pretty quiet. Let's hope it's a bit more active tomorrow morning.

    Birds Seen ...
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee - heard only
  • Willow Flycatcher – heard and seen
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Prairie Warbler – great looks at close singing bird
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – very vocal
  • Song Sparrow
  • Bobolink
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Common Grackle
  • Orchard Oriole

    Species seen - 23

    Butterflies ...
  • E. Tiger Swallowtail although Canadian Swallowtails are possible here.
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Clouded Sulphur
  • Pearl Crescents
  • Mourning Cloak
  • Monarch
  • possible Great Spangled Fritillary
May 19, 2012 (Saturday) ..
Overnight at the Comfort Inn in Clarion.Up and out by 7AM to go back to the same areas as yesterday afternoon. This time the birds were much more vocal and more easy to find. In retrospect it seems we didn’t need to get here so early yesterday afternoon although we were able to bookmark the desired roads on the GPS for easier finding this morning.

Piney Tract grasslands
    Birds Seen ...
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Upland Sandpiper displaying at the top of a high power pole
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • White-eyed Vireo – heard only
  • Red-eyed Vireo – heard only
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee – heard only
  • Tufted Titmouse – heard only
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Ovenbird – heard only
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler – heard only
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow - many calling
  • Henslow's Sparrow- great looks at singing bird; many others calling
  • Song Sparrow
  • Scarlet Tanager – heard only
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Bobolink - lots
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark - lots
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

    Species seen - 34

It was an awesome trip. We probably didn’t need the 8th day but it was good to have the extra time to revisit areas multiple times. It also gives you a better chance of catching a fallout day. We, unfortunately, never did but we still had lots of variety. It was good to arrive AFTER the Big Week since the crowds were more manageable. At Clarion, it’s best to get out early in the morning to catch the best activity between 7AM – 9AM. Then things start to quiet down.

Total number of birds for me ...... 155 with 29 species of warbler.
Total for the whole group was in the 170's.

Total number of butterflies for me ..... 20 species

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