Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Dayton, Ohio and The Wright Brothers

The birding trip has ended and we travel south to the Cincinnati area to visit our friends, Paul and Jo Marsh.  The first few days are spent relaxing and taking walks in some of Ohio's wonderful parks.  On Friday, May 31 we drove to Dayton, Ohio to visit the Carillon Historical Park.  Its most noted feature is the Wright Brothers Museum.  But they were also highlighting some of the other contributions the inventors of Dayton made to the world.  Not only the airplane, but the cash register (NCR) and the self-starter for the automobile.  This is the original 1905 Flyer III that was built and flown by the Wright Brothers.

Orville Wright flying the 1905 Flyer III

Grayling, Michigan

We ate at a Goodale's Bakery in Grayling.  Wonderful pastries!  There were a couple of interesting wall hangings.  Apparently this used to be a Ford dealership.  Wouldn't we like to buy a touring car for $450!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Mio and Grayling, Michigan and the Kirtland's Warbler

May 23-24, 2019

Our goal for today is to see the rare Kirtland's Warbler.  The bird has a very narrow habitat range and seems to like Jack Pines that are around 5-10 feet high.  Once the pines get larger the birds move to another spot.  The forest service manages the forest here just for the breeding of the Kirtland's Warbler.  They winter in the Bahamas.  We begin with an introduction at the Forest Service and we then follow the Forest Ranger to a site where they have been seen.  We are fortunate to see the bird pop up and sing for us.  But alas no photo op!  We stop in the town of Mio and get a photo of the Kirtland Warbler monument.  We have some fun with Diane as she finds a lucky penny!

After lunch we head to Hartwick Pines State park to look for more birds!  They have some feeders up at the visitors center so we are able to get some good looks at the Evening Grosbeaks and the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
Evening Grosbeak

Blue Jay

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

A black squirrel!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Travel Day

May 22, 2019

We spent today traveling from Oregon, Ohio to Grayling, Michigan. We stop at this place near Houghton Lake to look for Soras and Rails. We didn’t t find any, but we do see many Red-winged Blackbirds and some good looks at some Swamp Sparrows. We had to walk along a dike that had e
Reclaimed grey water that supplied the water to the marsh.  We also stop on a road that fellow traveler Diane saw on eBird that they had seen a Cerulean Warbler. We don’t find that but do see a Black and White Warbler, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, many Yellow Warblers and American Redstarts.
American Redstart 

American Redstart

The group searching for birds near Houghton Lake

Walking along the dike

Magee Marsh and Howard Metro Park

May 21, 2019

Swainson’s Thrush
Bald Eagle
We return to Magee Marsh to see if any new birds have shown up. We get some more views of the Magnolia Warbler and the Blackburnian Warbler. Also the beautiful Chestnut-sided and the Black-throated Blue Warbler. I finally get a good look at the Canada Warbler. These birds are so beautiful, I wish I could get some photos of them!
Female Blackburnian Warbler

We are entering the long boardwalk at Magee Marsh 

We spent some time at Howard Metropark where there were huge bodies of water and marshland. The first bird we saw was a Yellow-headed Blackbird, which are common in Oregon east of the Cascades, but a rarity in Ohio. We met several people who had traveled to this spot just to see it. This sign was at Howard Metropark and shows the birds we have been seeing the last few days. We did not see the two birds on the far right.

Awesome Birds

Birds at the feeders at Pearson Metro Park

May 20, 2019

Ohio has many beautiful Metroparks that are funded and kept up by the townships. Pearson’s Metropark had feeders set up that we could view from inside. Here are some of our sitings.
White-breasted Nuthatch 

Northern Cardinal Female

Northern Cardinal Male

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Marshes, More Birds, Lake Erie

May 20, 2019

Monday we go to Oak Openings Preserve to find some sparrows and other grassland birds. A highlight is the Lark Sparrow, the Field Sparrow and the Eastern Towhee. The birds are so difficult to photograph!  Here is an Eastern Bluebird.
Eastern Bluebird 
Our next stop is Irwin Prairie Nature Preserve. The entire walk is on a boardwalk as this is a marshy area. Ohio has gotten so much water this year that the boardwalk is barely high enough. We saw some wonderful birds with the Sora being the highlight. But since I couldn’t get the bird’s photos, here are a few photos. One of the group on a viewing tower and some flowers. 

Add caption