Another productive morning at Avon Lake Power Plant with Craig Rieker, Jim Heflich, and Lukas Padegimas. Highlights:
Long-tailed Duck 1
Glaucous Gull 5 1st (2), 2nd (2), ad
Iceland Gull 1 ad
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 1st, 2nd, ad
The Long-tailed Duck is most certainly hanging out beneath the pier. It was not seen at all yesterday, but emerged for a brief second today.
On to Lorain, where Ohio’s most obliging Snowy Owl was putting on the performance we have come to expect. This bird has taken to perching in trees within the impoundment – a behavior we don’t usually expect to see from these birds. Following are a couple pictures of ‘funny faces’ exhibited by the Snowy Owl, today, as well as the gorgeous “Kumlien’s” Iceland Gull from Avon.
Adult White-rumped Sandpiper in typical mangy plumage with dark black scapular spots.
Trio of dapper, fresh, juvie Semipalmated Plovers.
Swimming Sora! Plenty of these guys at Lorain, as of late.
Question Mark – of which there were several present.
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.
Short-billed Dowitcher – East Harbor SP – 9/1/13
Whimbrel – Lorain Impoundment – 9/2/13
A Sora (left) scampered out to join the Whimbrel, temporarily.
9/7/13 – Red Knot – Lorain Impoundment
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!
Wheeling to catch up with a Ring-billed Gull.