After spending a day birding at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, I stopped by Conneaut Marsh to do a quick scan before heading home. I have heard of folks birding Conneaut Lake, which is north of the marsh, but have never heard reports from the marsh. I found the location while using the hotspot feature on BirdsEye. I figured it would be worth a stop as it was only a few miles out of our way.
As we pulled into the parking area, I could not see much in the way of waterfowl in the marsh. After a quick scope of the marsh, I still did not see much in the way of waterfowl. I was able to scope one Canada Goose and three Mallards though. As I was scoping for ducks, I did hear a few Killdeer calling near the back of the marsh and counted five throughout.
One last scope over the marsh yielded the biggest surprise of my time spent at the marsh, a foraging Wilson's Snipe! I usually find Wilson's Snipe by flushing them, but this was only the second time I have seen one foraging on the mudflats.eBird (You do eBird right). All of the snipe were probing their bills into the mud in search of worms or larval insects.
Post by Tim Schreckengost of Thermal Birding.