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May 3, 2016 | by Greg Miller

Today was fairly cool with a chilly north wind. We drove from Portsmouth, Ohio to Upper Sandusky, Ohio with pit stops at Glacier Ridge Metro Park in Dublin, Ohio and Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve near Kenton, Ohio. We had no time left to bird Killdeer Plains WMA. But we did squeeze in a late attempt for the Western Tanager in Upper Sandusky. Unfortunately, we arrived too late in Upper Sandusky. Ok. It was after 8pm, but at least we had daylight and we tried.

Some highlights from today include Virginia Rail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Vesper Sparrow, and Bobolink plus 11 species of warblers. Only Black-throated Blue Warbler was a new species of warbler bringing the trip total number of warbler species to 32.

Total species for the day was 82. Trip total is now 140 species. The Big Year Tour total is 362.

Tonight we are only 1 hour 15 minutes away from Magee Marsh Wildlife Management Area near Oak Harbor, Ohio–Thee Pinnacle of Warblerdom in May. I will look at radar and winds tonight and determine a plan for tomorrow.

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