Email – April 22, 2010 – spring atlasing update #1

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April 22, 2010

OBBA2 Spring Update

DEAR OBBA2 VOLUNTEER,

In the past month you have no doubt noticed migrants returning, flowers blooming, and trees turning green again. Along with the exciting spring progression, many birds have begun breeding for the year. Since our last email notice, the following species can be added to those with active safe dates:

  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Wild Turkey
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Killdeer
  • American Woodcock
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Horned Lark
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Carolina Wren
  • European Starling
  • Common Grackle

Please review the official OBBA2 species list for other birds that will soon have safe dates. Keep in mind that many additional species exhibit breeding behaviors outside of suggested safe dates. These observations can add valuable data to the Atlas.

Many people have been reporting observations of American Woodcock for a few weeks already, but we still need observations in the majority of blocks for this species (view coverage HERE). And no better time than now to get out there and see Woodcock displays! The figure below shows the timing for all observations of aerial courtship displays during the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II (2006-2008). Though the start of safe dates may affect when observers are actively looking for Woodcocks, the graph provides a useful look at good times to see this special species.

Woodcock aerial courtship displays

Show off your atlasing efforts and beautiful bird shots! Many of our volunteers have seen some great things while atlasing and many of them have captured those moments in wonderful photographs. We have created a photo album for our website to showcase some of these great photos. Visit our new photo album HERE. If you have photos from your atlasing efforts that you would like to share, feel free to email them to us. Block info and any anecdotal information to go along with the photographs are welcome.

Along with Cornell, we have been working on other additions and upgrades to the website. Many of you have probably already noticed the new mapping feature on the data site. Google maps have been incorporated to provide for easier navigation and the ability to view street maps or aerial imagery with the atlas block boundaries. It’s now easier than ever to explore atlas blocks across the state.

On behalf of OBBA2, we thank you for your valuable contributions to this project. Happy birding!

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Paul Rodewald and Matthew Shumar
Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II

...putting the nesting birds of Ohio on the map!
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