Email – July 26, 2010 – summer update


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July 26, 2010

Summer Update


The field season is winding down, and many birds are ending the breeding cycle and beginning to migrate. If you still have time and need another excuse to get out and bird, there are some things you can still do to add observations to the Atlas.

Confirming Species

Now is still a great time to upgrade a lot of those probable “T1” or similar codes to confirmed. Many family groups can still be seen and fledglings are often conspicuous. Check your local block lists to see what still needs confirmed. Many blocks across the state may have high species totals, but may be lacking some confirmations.


Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will’s-widow are two of the more elusive birds for the Atlas. Both species may respond to playback and many have young still. Additionally, Common Nighthawks can still be seen displaying. Help add these important species to the Atlas. Contact us if you would like more information on the use of playbacks.


Remember, 2011 is the final year for the Breeding Bird Atlas. We will need to take a careful look at the data to maximize our efforts next year. Please enter your 2010 (and earlier!) observations as soon as you can so that we can see where we stand after this year.

Good luck during the remainder of the 2010 breeding bird season.

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


Paul Rodewald and Matthew Shumar
Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II


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