Above: "I was happy to see my first Ovenbird (Seirus aurocapella) of the year today at one of my local birding spots. The Ovenbird is an unusual member of the warbler family that spends much of its life on the ground where it struts around like a little chicken. They even build their domed nests on the ground." Photo by Chuck Slusarczyk Jr., Temont, OH 5/10/20
WCAS partners with Tremont West Community Development Corporation to host a series of bird walks in Tremont, Ohio along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
What a spectacular WCAS Spring Migration Bootcamp kick off day, with partner Redstart Birding and sponsored by SWAROVSKI OPTIK Birding at one of Cleveland's iconic birding locations, the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve!
Get in the Groove for Spring Migration!
The March walk started off with a gorgeous pair of Red-shouldered Hawks soaring directly above, low enough to have a great view of all their distinct feathers. This was followed shortly after by a soaring immature Bald Eagle, again, directly above us. It was a good day for Raptors with Cooper's Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and Turkey Vultures added to the list. ~ Bill Deininger
We had, as expected for February, a low count on the bird list. It was a cold morning with temperatures starting at 23 degrees and ended at 26 degrees. Woodpeckers were seen throughout the trail. We had a Bald Eagle fly over. The best bird was a Barred Owl tucked in a pine tree.
We had a group of 14 House Finch perched in a small area. Three Bluebirds, impressed us by feeding low to the ground, glowing with their blue feathers in the sun shine. Several Goldfinch, in their dull winter yellow plumage, also put on a nice viewing. A Red-tallied Hawk flew near the group, landed and basked in the sun, showing off his red tail. - Report by Bill Deininger.
WCAS invites birders to bird at a monthly designated field trip location, share stories to a public digital scrapbook, and participate in online community meet ups.
The July 2nd Sat bird walk started with a sprinkle of rain, but ended with the sun shining. There were seven observers, obeying all COVID protocols. We tallied forty species. Highlights were a Red-tailed Hawk being "mobbed" by Red-eyed Vireos, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and an American Redstart.
We watched the Heron for several minutes before the Heron swallowed the fish. Later down the trail we watched a Red-tailed Hawk capture a Fox Squirrel. After several minutes, on the ground, the Hawk flew, with the squirrel in its talons, landed on an unobstructed perch, sat for several minutes before flying away with its prey dangling from its talons.
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.
"It was a slow day for birding. Weather was cold and windy. We had 6 observers. 38 species were observed. The warblers were disappointing, with only 2 species, the Northern Waterthrush and the Nashville Warbler. We had good looks at the White-throated Sparrow, 20 were counted in several locations. Highlight was a first-of-year Great Crested Flycatcher." ~ Bill Deininger, Bird Walk Leader
The 87th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks is one of the oldest citizen science partnerships between Northeast Ohio park systems, Audubon groups and other organizations.
What will we see in 2020? "We had a surprising number of birders on this 2nd Saturday of the month bird walk for April 2019. We counted over 60 observers. We tallied 52 species. First of the year Solitary Sandpiper, Palm warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Blue Gray Gnatcatcher." ~ Bill Deininger, Bird Walk Leader
We ended up with 31 species. Highlights were a Fox Sparrow kicking up leaves. A Red-shouldered Hawk called as he flew by. Three Red-tailed Hawks soared above us in some sort of mating ritual. First of year Cowbirds were in several locations. The best highlight was a pair of Hooded Mergansers. The pair swam toward us, brightly lit by the sun, before flying off. - Report by Bill Deininger.
What will we see in 2020? “The March 2019 Second Saturday bird walk started with sunny skies and twenty five observers. The walk lasted over two and a half hours. Highlights were a Barred Owl, female Purple Finch, Red-winged Blackbirds, Red-tailed Hawks and 5 Coopers Hawks. At least a dozen Cardinals were spotted with many singing on their territorial perches.”
"In February 2019, we had 27 observers. The temperature was 18 degrees, with some sun, and very little wind. Some new observers joined us. We had only 23 species. Best bird was a fly over Bald Eagle. Two very colorful Bluebirds sat and were enjoyed by every one." What will we see in 2020?
Last year we had 25 birders who braved the 27 degree temperature, including a birder from Alaska. The second surprise was a Rough-legged Hawk who did a fly over directly above our heads. We ended up with 28 species, including a fly over Bald Eagle and a very tough to see Barred Owl. What will we see this year?
In 2017, we saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk who perched on a broken tree top and gulped a “critter” down. We had an unobstructed view at a very close range. What will we see in 2019?
David Lindo, The Urban Birder, guest celebrity and world traveler, makes a special appearance at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes for the Grand Public Opening of All People's Trail festivities. Visitors can meet David at the Birding Station on the All People's Trail to learn more about urban birding. "How To Be an Urban Birder" books will be available in the Center Gift Store for signing and photos with the author to share on social media.
Sub-freezing temperatures did not deter 26 birders for the November 2017 Second Saturday walk. Ice had formed on the ponds. Eastern Bluebirds and Pileated Woodpeckers came in threes. Birders enjoyed American Tree Sparrows. What will we see in 2019?
Urban Birding with David Lindo Week | Lights Out Cleveland Hotspot Field Trip, Workshop, and Bird Walk
Join us for a Lights Out Cleveland field trip to explore downtown Cleveland birding hotspots and learn how birds interpret cityscapes. Our next stop is Lake Erie Nature and Science Center for an informative workshop and dialogue about Lights Out Cleveland and Urban Birding, we'll enjoy a catered box lunch, and participate in a collaborative conversation with Tim Jasinski, Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist, and guest David Lindo, The Urban Birder. Our meet up concludes with a bird walk at Huntington Reservation.
Join us as we search for migrating waterfowl, late wading birds, and early “winter birds”. We’ll go over the checklist after the walk inside the Johnson Wetland Center. Hiking level is easy/moderate.
We'll explore a local urban Cleveland neighborhood with David Lindo as our guide. On our walkabout we'll learn how to think like a bird in that particular locale and how to apply basic urban birding principles to design an urban birding trail. Help WCAS incubate the Urban Birding Cleveland initiative to connect people, birds and wildlife, and green spaces! What could an Urban Birding Trail look like in your neighborhood?
Urban Birding with David Lindo Week | Bird Walk at Morgana Bluffs Nature Preserve with Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland
Conservation work rightly focuses on the ecological details. The abundance and distribution of plant and animal species, the sinuosity of streams, the diversity of wetlands, the extent of the tree canopy – conservation saves all of it. The reality, though, is that conservation saves people. Given enough time, the earth would heal itself from our misdeeds, but we need nature now and will need abundant access to it in the future. ~ Robert Koonce, Chief Development Officer, Boy & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. West Creek Conservancy recently completed the Morgana Bluffs Project which helped preserve a high quality wetland in Cleveland’s Slavic Village (October 2018)
A birding tour along the Lakefront of Lake County. Stops may include Mentor Headlands/Dunes; Mentor Marsh; and Mentor Lagoon. We will begin at the Lake Erie Bluffs, a 592 acre park along Lake Erie. The property is a mix of woodlands and fields that provides great habitat for migrating songbirds. There is a 50 foot tower that offers unique views of migrating waterfowl and other birds along the lake.
Publishing news, announcements and reports.
REGISTER Member Meeting and 'A Bilingual Education Program Conserves Little Terns (Sternula albifrons) in Okinawa, Japan' Speaker Series June 1, 2021
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ENTER Bird-of-the-Month Photo Contest May 2021: Baltimore Oriole
Watch 'ABOUT VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS' with Michelle Brosius, Director-at-Large and Field Trip Co-Coordinator, WCAS.
Christmas Bird Count-Lakewood Circle
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