So in northern Ohio, we had been expecting a last, final wave of spring migrants, again based upon data from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) website. It seems that it came, and went just as quickly.
Numerous reports abounded yesterday of a great number of birds along the shores of Lake Erie. From Wendy Park in Cleveland, to Erie Street Cemetery, to Headlands Dunes State Park, there were reports of large numbers of migrants, both on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday even saw the discovery of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Wendy Park. My birding friend, Joan Scharf, reported a good number of passerines at Headlands Dunes yesterday, and today is dad dead. Everything has moved along, having stopped to stoke up for two days. I had a decent morning – for me – at Headlands, with Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, several Least Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Blackpoll Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, numerous Yellow Warbler, and several Vireos, especially Red-eyed.
Warbler reports were especially good at Wendy Park, according to eBird reports, with lots of variety and number. There were even sightings of three Connecticut Warblers and also Mourning Warblers, in addition to the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. There were huge numbers of Yellow-bellied and Willow Flycatchers, a push of over 700 estimated Cedar Waxwings, and 21 varieties of warbler. These numbers have fallen off significantly today.
So, it would seem that the third, and final, projected spring migration wave has come, and gone. No doubt there’ll be some ‘clean-up,’ but most of the birbs have moved along to their northern nesting grounds, and only fall awaits, for their return through to winter.