Good morning at Lorain with Emil Bacik. There were four Nelson’s Sparrows again occupying grasses along the impoundment’s western edge. Lots of other sparrows and a good number of Bobolinks in this same area. A fem/imm Merlin was also present this morning – posted up in the dead snags along this same edge. At some point, Bonaparte’s Gulls started moving in good numbers, and we ended with 950 birds, but no rarities among them. Just in time for the Vermilion shindig, Wooly Bears are out in force! I’ve never seen so many – especially on the north and east sides of the impoundment.
Loggerhead Shrike present on Wilderness Road, Funk Bottoms, Wayne County today. More photos to follow. See details on Ohio-birds listserv. Just west of intersection with Wilderness Road and Elyria Road, before the peat pit mudflats. North side of Wilderness Road. Likely from the threatened Canadian population.
Laura Gooch and Tim Krynak reported awesome numbers of night flight calls last night (Sept 5/6) from their night-recorders in North Olmstead and Cleveland Heights. Laura had 1,000 warbler/sparrow calls that she’s sorting through. On the Cleveland Metroparks pelagic boat trip today, EIGHT miles offshore Wildwood Park (east of CLE), we had a migrant Merlin and American Redstart, the latter considered landing on the boat but double-backed and flew towards shore. Large movement of Monarchs today (over 100 offshore CLE between 5 and 8 miles offshore, from boat), and Red Bats (3 seen) staged a good flight last night/this morning. Migration is ramping up and happening now. Get out there!
Cleveland Metroparks 2nd pelagic of the year rolled out of the Wildwood Park marina at 8 a.m., and headed for offshore gull flocks. By 10 a.m., with a strong line of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls coming into our wake after chum, we caught the attention of an immature Parasitic Jaeger. Giving outstanding looks and classic aerial pursuit, this jaeger was successful in prompting Ring-billed Gulls to disgorge food. At one point, the jaeger took a pass right over the boat!
Yesterday’s (Sept 1) Local Patch pelagic out of Port Clinton saw two Parasitic (one at 8 miles offshore Crane Creek estuary, the second at 5 miles offshore Davis Besse) and one unidentified jaeger species (the latter was distant and we could not catch up with it even after a good chase). Photos below represent two different individual PAJA. Seven BLACK TERNS (at 10 miles offshore) were also a highlight – always a stunner.
photos by JB