Singing Eastern Towhees were a highlight on the Great Horned Owl trail, which circles a wet prairie surrounded by woods and dotted with ponds. No owls spotted today, but a Cooper’s Hawk buzzed the parking lot at the start of the walk. A Red-shouldered Hawk called as Blue Jays protested its presence. The most unusual sighting was a Wilson’s Snipe in flight.
Two Bald Eagles circled over the Rocky River Nature Center as the group observed birds on the Rocky River, staying long enough for people inside to have a chance to come out and see. During the walk, there were great views of two Pileated Woodpeckers and two Eastern Bluebirds. Fall migration reached a point when the only warblers to be seen were Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Letha House Park and Spencer Lake have a nice variety of songbirds and waterfowl.
The monthly Second Saturday walks are a great opportunity for birders of all skill levels to enjoy the woods and wetlands around the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center. New to birding? You will be amazed how much you can learn in this friendly group.
Bright lighting in urban centers can disrupt planetary night sky cues causing fatal collisions with buildings, and it is estimated that between 365 and 988 million birds are killed by collisions each year in the United States.
"Yesterday, October 5, 2017, was the greatest number of birds collected in one day. There was a total of 63 birds with 38 dead and 25 live." - Amy LeMonds, Director of Wildlife, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140.
By the time you drink your next cup of conventional coffee, acres of tropical forest will be lost. This includes the birds and wildlife that depend on it. Chemicals harmful to the environment remain legal to use in less-developed countries, including many countries that grow coffee.
You are what you eat. Dr. Wiley’s research looks at the role seabirds play in food webs, how these food webs are shifting, and the challenges of competition and reproduction with changing food webs.
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