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Pearson Metropark

I did a little birding and naturalizing in this municipal park, a square of suburban woods and swamp. A few takeways: Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) does very well in this sandy soil that was once a lake bed. Great drifts … Continue reading

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Pipe Creek Wildlife Area/Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

My final van trip was led by Greg Miller and Drew Weber: we visited two sites in Erie County, with a side trip to a field across the road from the J. H. Routh Packing Co. to check out two … Continue reading

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Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

Spring is a few weeks behind us in D.C.: Spring Beauty is still in full bloom here in northwest Ohio. Ethan Kistler led the walk-drive through this park (which apparently came about because property values crashed when the nearby airport … Continue reading

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Decoy Marsh and Adam Grimm Prairie

We returned to the same wetland complex in Sandusky County that we visited Monday, this time circumambulating the Decoy Marsh restoration project with Ray Stewart and Drew Weber. Drew coached me through my lifer Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii). We got … Continue reading

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Magee Marsh: 2

I spent about an hour on the Magee Marsh boardwalk (I took a long time working out a Palm Warbler [Setophaga palmarum] that for once was not bobbing its tail because it was busy preening, not foraging), and then I … Continue reading

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Green Creek

Tom Kashmer and Katie Andersen led a canoe trip down the sleepy Green Creek to its mouth at Muddy Creek Bay. This body in turn flows with the Sandusky River into Sandusky Bay. At the start, we found it tricky … Continue reading

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Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Very birdy. That’s perhaps the only way to describe Magee Marsh in spring migration. I picked up two lifers, Bay-breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea) and Tennesssee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)—perhaps the only two that I will find this trip. Many eyes and … Continue reading

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At the park: 76

I got the nest box monitoring team to stand in one place long enough for Rob to take a group photo.

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At the park: 75

From my most recent report of the nest box team’s activities: Lots of activity in the past two weeks! We have nests in 8 of the 16 boxes we are monitoring. We have often observed mixed clutches of Wood Duck … Continue reading

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At the park: 71

The team faced down the sleety weather this morning to start the rounds of checking nest boxes. Following such a cold February, the wetland was substantially iced over, with only the main channel of Barnyard Run free-flowing. Which meant two … Continue reading

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Great Backyard Bird Count 2015

The songbirds were exceptionally chatty on this rather cold day, so I was able to rack up a nice 22-species total for my count down along the Glade stream valley. And unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time that … Continue reading

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On deck: 13

New books on the shelf, thanks to Brett, Leta, Cleveland’s Horizontal Books, and Powell’s.

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Passings: 1

The ticky-tacky souvenir shops on F Street and in Chinatown give the neighborhood some lowrise, grotty street cred. One by one, however, they get redeveloped. Here’s the latest casualty, just up the block from Ford’s Theatre. Time was, the tourists … Continue reading

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Yet more shoebox emptying

The first project that I set for myself on the web was a series of photographs to be made along Interstate 66, which runs from an interchange with I-81 in the vicinity of Strasburg, Va. and follows an eastbound track … Continue reading

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Ellanor C. Lawrence Park project: 7

Sunday was my last visit to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, at least for the purposes of the class project. I pulled off a couple of sections of the dessicated fruiting body of my Chicken of the Woods specimen to see … Continue reading

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