Great Black-backed Gulls bobbed in the river with a few Double-crested Cormorants and Red-breasted and Common Mergansers. Hundreds of Red-breasted Mergansers flew west in flocks low over Lake Erie. As at Edgewater, gulls exploded into the air when a Bald Eagle cruised through.
We will meet at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, lower beach area by the fishing pier. As road conditions permit we will bird Edgewater and proceed to Wendy Park. Looking for a variety of gull species!
Shade coffee plantation in Guatemala. This image is typical of a traditional shade coffee plantation in which only some or none of the canopy has been removed and coffee crops have been added.
The 2016 Lakewood Circle (west side of Cleveland) Christmas Bird Count did remarkably well in locating a good variety of bird species. Despite many participants stating that they didn’t “do well” on their count route, 80 species were sighted overall, which is one of the highest if not the highest number of species for the Lakewood Circle.
Twenty-one birders came out to see winter resident birds, including Black-capped Chickadees taking seeds from outstretched hands. American Tree Sparrows abounded.
Winter can be a rewarding time with woodpeckers, sparrows, brown creepers. Sometimes the redpolls appear. Worth a walk in the woods!
Temperatures were in the high 20’s to low 30’s throughout the day. A 2 inch snowfall on Dec. 29 covered most of the Circle area. Wind was a concern, especially in open areas and along the lakefront, with gusts bringing windchills and high waves on the lake.
Speaker Series January 3, 2017-Recent Advances in Ornithology with Dr. Andy Jones, Ornithology, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Dr. Andy Jones, Department of Ornithology at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will present, “Recent Advances in Ornithology”, highlighting the taxonomic changes that birders will want to know about, as well as other discoveries that will simply make you a more observant and more informed birder.
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