Seeking Sparrows on the North Coast: 12 Oct 2019

Virginia Rail by James Smallwood

Virginia Rail by James Smallwood

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.

Bay-breasted Warbler by James Smallwood

Bay-breasted Warbler by James Smallwood

We headed over to Headlands where we found lots of White-throated Sparrows. Our only warblers were a Palm and Yellow-rumped. Several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were observed near the parking area.

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.

 

Fish Crow by Lisa Phelps

Fish Crow(?) by Lisa Phelps

 

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.

Marsh Wren by James Smallwood

Marsh Wren by James Smallwood

 

 

 

Northern Harrier by Lisa Phelps

We went back to Wake Robin, but again the desired sparrows failed to materialize. We did have incredibly great

Least Bittern by James Smallwood

Least Bittern by James Smallwood

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:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Mallard
Rock Pigeon
Chimney Swift
Virginia Rail
Sora
Killdeer
American Woodcock
Ring-billed Gull
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
House Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal