It was a sultry morning on Sunday, June 17 as 6 participants attended the WCAS field trip to the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation’s CanalWay Center. A variety of habitats in an urban area, forests, wetlands, the river, shrub and brushy areas along the Cuyahoga River, provided us with 46 species.
Nature has a way of softening the grittier, industrial parts yet, not surprisingly, wildlife does find a home here. During this trip, we will locate a variety of birds within different habitats and perhaps find young birds recently out of their nests.
A singing Veery, pairs of Wood Thrushes and Yellow Warblers feeding their young, and an Acadian Flycatcher on the nest were just a few of the rewards for walking through a cloudburst. The final attraction was a Belted Kingfisher toiling mightily to swallow a large fish.
In 2017, we saw an Acadian Flycatcher and a Cedar Waxwing on their nests plus singing Veeries highlighted this perfect June day. A slightly downy juvenile Barred Owl was another great find. A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers excavated holes in an old tree. Being summer, flycatchers are back, five species seen. What will we see in 2018?
A bright and cool evening is great for a picnic. A singing Yellow Warbler serenaded during the picnic. The plant exchange featured may apples and several smaller native plants, as well as hostas and tulips to name a few. - Penny O’Connor, WCAS Board Member
Our annual Audubon picnic and plant exchange. Bring your dinner (grill will be available for cooking), your family or friends AND bring any plants, seeds, bulbs that need homes.
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