A Rare Vagrant in Ohio - 16 Jan 2021
I left the house at 6:45 am and was greeted w/ misty skies, fog, and temperatures right at freezing. By the time I reached my destination the dense fog had lifted, but the grounds were coated in a nice, thick bedding of hoarfrost and snow.
The reservoir was smaller than I expected, and the road circumnavigating the large pond was a mix of dirt, pot holes and ice. Canada Geese and Bald Eagles were roosting on the ice and a few Trumpeter Swans were on location. It took me no time to find the small parking lot where it was first located, including the small pile of rocks it has been using as its foraging grounds. A number of other birders were there when I arrived but the bird had not been relocated yet this morning. I decided to walk around the grounds to see if it might turn up.
The fields next to the parking lot were coated in thick frost and fresh snowflakes, so I spent a few minutes photographing the vegetation before spotting a small flock of American Tree Sparrows next to a woodlot.
I wandered back toward the parking lot and decided to check the tree-line adjacent to it and the reservoir. I would put the bins on the parking lot 100 yds away and see a number of cameras all pointed in the same direction. Now it was a matter of hightailing it back to the parking lot before the bird would take off. Luckily, I manage to reach the parking lot just as it took off for the tree-line and perch high up against overcast skies. I managed to get some digiscoped images from the edge of the parking lot. The Northern Wheatear would then fly further into the woods before heading out along the trees to the east.