It was raining when we left Columbus. Fortunately, the rain stopped by the time we reached Wake Robin,
but it was chilly and windy. The orange sparrows (Nelson’s and LeConte’s) proved elusive. We had close looks at a Virginia Rail and a Sora. There were very few sparrows, but we did manage to see a Swamp Sparrow as well as a Song Sparrow.
Next we headed for the west side of Cleveland where the Fish Crows hang out. Unfortunately the crows we saw are not vocalizing, so we were unable to
confirm the ID. A few crows appeared smaller and those flew onto a telephone wire.
The sun finally came out, so Erie Cemetery was much more enjoyable. American Woodcocks were along the stone wall and a couple flushed from near the road, landing near the wall. We saw 9 Hermit Thrushes, both Kinglets (Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned), 5 different species of sparrows and Dark-eyed Junco. We had 6 different species of warblers.
We went back to Wake Robin, but again the desired sparrows failed to materialize. We did have incredibly great
looks at a Least Bittern.
By the time we got to Chippewa Lake it was too dark to bird; we watched the moon rising over the lake. 54 species for the day.
87 Species for the long, very fun day:
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Blue Warbler