Above: Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, Cleveland Ohio, Cleveland Port Authority, February 2016. Photos by Alice Merkel. Explore the entire Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve photo album here.
The breeding season is in full swing now, with young American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere, and fledglings of other species scattered about.
Willow Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Eastern Kingbirds, Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo… These are just a handful of the species that are breeding at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. Over the past two years – beginning in mid-July 2014 – volunteer surveyors have documented 186 species of birds at CLNP!
In almost 24 months of surveying (through 1 July 2016), volunteers have:
Although it’s too early to draw any hard and fast conclusions from data collected by CLNP volunteers, a preliminary analysis shows more bird activity at the site over this past mild winter than during the harsh winter of 2014-15, and shows that large numbers of short-distance migrants like Red-winged Blackbirds and American Robins arrived over a week earlier this spring.
From Our Archives-Birds at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
The breeding season is in full swing now, with young American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere, and fledglings of other species scattered about. The summer presence of both species of cuckoos is a surprise, as is the sheer number of breeding birds present at the site.
From Our Archives-Birders at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
All CLNP surveys have been performed by crew of dedicated volunteers, with about 25 people having participated to date. A few folks perform surveys on a near-weekly basis, and some others band together to do a survey about once a month. Others pitch in now and then when the “regulars” can’t make it.
Interested in knowing more and possibly helping out? Contact Laura Gooch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org titled, "Laura Gooch-CLNP".
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