Early Evening Bird Walk, Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Reservation, Lagoon Picnic Area, October 20, 2021 Report
Our final early evening bird walk for 2021 was held at the Lagoon Picnic Area in the Rocky River Reservation. It was a gorgeous evening and attracted 19 participants. What was just as fun as seeing the birds was doing some astronomy as the sun set. The full moon had not risen over the valley, but Jupiter and Saturn had!
"We took the all-purpose trail that skirts woodlands, shrubland and wetlands on one side and field/prairie on the other. The field/prairie habitat is also where a couple of television towers are located, which provide good places for birds to perch on as do the guy wires that stabilize the towers. As we proceeded a partially dead tree provided views of Cedar Waxwings, one of which had a very bright yellow tail band. American Goldfinch and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird also perched on the tree."
The first of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon evening birdwalks took place on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 on a portion of the Cleveland Metroparks’ Lake to Lake Trail. Three “target species” of birds were on the list for the evening - Common Nighthawk, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and Barn Swallow. ~ Nancy Howell
Evening walks will be a nice addition to observe birds and the beauty of nature.
We had 36 observers that attended the bird walk. We only had 35 species, with only two warbler species. It was a slow night for birding activity. However we had excellent looks at a Barred Owl and one Owlet. Every one had good looks. The owl treated us with its song "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all" several times. All observers were thrilled at this vocalization. Three Red-headed Woodpeckers put on a nice display for all. We finished the walk with the Oriole rescue. - Bill Deininger, Bird Walk Leader
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.
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