The southern shore of Lake Erie is one of the principal stopovers for migrating warblers in need of rest and refueling enroute to their nesting grounds in Canada. We will walk the woods and fields of Huntington Reservation, from Lake Erie Nature Nature and Science Center to the lake and back. Chances are very good for a look at nesting Barred Owls and Red-headed Woodpeckers near the nature center.
For the April 2019 field trip, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society joins in on the third week of the Audubon Spring Bird Walks, held throughout Northeast Ohio at many locations. Spring migration is ramping up and Lake Isaac's varied habitats attract a variety of bird species, migrants and residents.
According to eBird, almost 40 species of waterfowl have been seen at Wellington Upground Reservoir over the years. Greater White-fronted Goose and Cackling Goose are among the species. Wellington Reservoir offers handicapped parking just feet from the water. Birding can be done a few steps from your car, or even sitting in the car.
January can be a terrific month for gull-watching along the Lake Erie shore. We’ll brave the frigid temperatures and strong winds to see if we can find both the common and rarer gull species, as well as other wintering birds like ducks, grebes, loons, and raptors.
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 2018?
Scopes were needed to see birds on the lake, but a variety of waterfowl were present. Horned Grebes and Loons dove. Mallards and Redheads and Buffleheads cruised in groups, to the delight of several new birders. Two Belted Kingfishers rattled along Spencer Creek. Thanks Rich and Karen Kassouf and Nancy Howell for sharing eBird lists. The list below is a compilation. - Penny O’Connor, Bird Walk Coordinator
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 2018?
Several highlights include 23 Yellow-rumped warblers. Good looks at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The Cuckoo was initially on the ground, flew up at eye level for about a minute, then flew up higher before disappearing.
In October 2017, two Bald Eagles flew overhead and 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. What will we see in 2018?
I recognized that I love to connect to people and get involved in a community. As a part of my life, I want to keep volunteering even if I am in a foreign country. Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society gave me a great chance to do that, and I appreciate the many people that surround me who are always encouraging me!
Joint Field Trip with Kirtland Bird Club October 7, 2018 at Erie Street Cemetery and Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Report
Once at the preserve the skies still had not lightened up, but the fog had lifted. It is a good day when going from the parking lot to the preserve entrance takes a long time. At the nature preserve 43 species were totaled without the group going very far at all. Chipping sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows were in the grass around the parking lot while Yellow-rumped Warblers, both species of Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatches greeted us in the pine trees.
Six warbler species, including eight American Redstarts, six Magnolia warblers and five Black-and-White warblers were viewed by the group in several locations. We had some good birds including a Barred Owl, a Scarlet Tanager, and a pair of Solitary Sandpipers.
Seven Magnolia Warblers were among the six warbler species on this walk in 2016. What will we see in 2018?
Our walk continued with a small flock of Chimney Swifts actively feeding on flying insects. We later learned that there had been at least one significant flying ant hatch in the park earlier that day that may have been the source for that Swift feeding frenzy.
We had 25 observers Saturday morning, with a mix of experienced birders and many new birders. Sunny, with a slight breeze. Our 3 hour walk turned up 44 species. We did have 2 Bald Eagles fly over, one immature and one adult. Our best bird was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The Cuckoo was very cooperative. He stayed close enough for all to see and at one moment we watched as he consumed a large caterpillar.
"Seeing a Philadelphia Vireo is a real treat! The bird was in a group with an Eastern Phoebe and a Great Crested Flycatcher. Over the dipping pond Belted Kingfishers put on an aerial display, rattling loudly." - Second Saturday Bird Walk August 12, 2017 at Rocky River Nature Center Report
Midsummer can be a slow time for birding, but not on this pleasant sunny day. A highlight among the 52 species observed was a Red-breasted Nuthatch singing high in a tree. Other avian treasures were four species of thrush and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. - July 2017
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.
Tim Jasinski spotted a number of warbler species in the ravine behind the center, a good start toward the total of 12 warbler species for the evening. The resident Barred Owls called and sat obligingly where all could have a great view. Gray Catbirds and brilliant orange and black Baltimore Orioles sang at many locations.
Come after work for an early evening bird walk through the woods and fields around Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Warblers are migrating through northeast Ohio on their way to nest in Canada. Barred Owls have nested often in the ravine below LENSC. We may possibly see one or more.
Most of the birders would say our best bird of the day was an immature Barred Owl. It was on a tree branch about 15 feet high and five feet from the trail. Everyone had unobstructed views of the owlet. Down the trail we then saw one of the parent Barred owls hanging around watching out for the owlet. It was a great day for birding. Many species, many great views, many birds singing.
In 2017, migration brought warblers! On this International Migratory Bird Day the Rocky River trails had 12 species of warbler. Seven Scarlet Tanagers were welcome arrivals. The woods were rich with song. What will we see this year?
A variety of habitats around Lake Isaac includes forest and fields along Baldwin Creek as well as Lake Isaac. On a walk, the end of April 2017 birders saw 60 species. This field trip celebrates the 85th Annual Series of Audubon Spring Bird Walks Apr 15-May 20, 2018.
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Terry Robison, Dir Natural Resources, Cleveland Metroparks, and Tom Romito, WCAS, talk about the value WCAS members have brought to advance NEO conservation at the Cleveland Metroparks.
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Wendy Weirich, Dir Outdoor Experiences, Cleveland Metroparks, Tom Romito, WCAS, and Tim Colborn, Ohio Ornithological Society, talk about the value conservation groups bring to regional conservation efforts and how we can all work together for a better world.
Waterfowl Hotspot Field Trip at Sandy Ridge Reservation, Sat Nov 17, 2018 Report
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WATCH "Hotspot Birding with eBird Occurrence Graphs" by Tim Colborn.
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WATCH "The Sights and Sounds of Migrating Warblers". Photos by Dave Lewis, sounds by Andrew Spencer. Read More
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Second Saturday Bird Walks Are For Everyone
Second Saturday Birds January 14, 2017
Second Saturday Bird Walk July 9, 2016
Annual Picnic, Plant Exchange & Bird Walk 2018
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