We had 27 observers at this 2nd Saturday of the month bird walk for February 2019. 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. After we just finished filling out the bird list a Brown Creeper appeared at the feeding station for some close up looks.
As we were pulling up 2 other birders were walking toward the parking area, so I asked if they had seen the Merlin and they had. So our group jumped out of our cars and walked to the pine trees where we had great views of the the Merlin for several minutes before we left for Scranton Flats.
What a difference a year makes. In 2017 Count Day was noted as being “frigid”, but in 2018 Saturday, December 29 the day was relatively mild with temperatures in the mid to lower 30’s, overcast skies and almost no wind. No snow was on the ground and precipitation was hardly noticeable.
WCAS held a third conservation project laboratory on January 5, 2018 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. Fifteen people attended this event. Kurt Miske opened the meeting and Tom Romito facilitated the event.
We had 24 observers on this Second Saturday in December in Rocky River Reservation. It was a brisk 27 degrees, cloudy and a slight breeze. We had 26 different species. The highlights were a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches that fed out of some of the birders hands. We also had a good look at a Barred Owl, perched high up in a pine tree, observed by all. - Bill Deininger.
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
It was a sultry morning on Sunday, June 17 as 6 participants attended the WCAS field trip to the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation’s CanalWay Center. A variety of habitats in an urban area, forests, wetlands, the river, shrub and brushy areas along the Cuyahoga River, provided us with 46 species.
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
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.
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.
Left-right: Caleb Putnam, AGL Michigan bird Conservation Coordinator; Troy Peters, AGL Engagement Manager; Stephanie Beilke, AGL Conservation Science Associate; (behind) Nat Miller, AGL Director of Conservation; Justin Stokes, National Audubon Director of Legislative Affairs; Bill Heck, NAS Regional Director, Mississippi Flyway North; Brian Merlos, AGL Michigan Field Organizer; Brooke Bateman, Director of Climate Watch. Photo by Constance Rubin.
Audubon’s new Great Lakes Initiative grew out of national’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and includes a Regional Office and staff in the Chicago area. The Audubon Great Lakes meeting November 2017, focused on building chapter capacities for (1) policy advocacy and (2) conservation projects.
Joint Field Trip with Kirtland Bird Club at Bradstreet's Landing and Rocky River Park Report November 2017
High winds meant big waves on Lake Erie, a mild but wintry day with some rain and snow. Red-breasted Mergansers streamed east and west. Winter gulls and waterfowl have arrived. Bald Eagles soared overhead.
Sub-freezing temperatures did not deter 26 birders for the November Second Saturday walk. Ice had formed on the ponds. Eastern Bluebirds and Pileated Woodpeckers came in threes. Birders enjoyed American Tree Sparrows.
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.
The weather was overcast, in the low 60's, and a bit breezy, reminiscent of mid-April. A few layers of jackets and sweaters kept us warm as did the camaraderie of members and guests. A nice variety of plants were brought and exchanged; houseplants, bulbs, seeds, ferns, tubers and more graced the table and all found homes.
Migration brought sparrows, swallows, three Brown Creepers and a Louisiana Waterthrush. Snowy early-spring gave way to warm late spring in the course of the morning.
With extensive grassland habitat, Carlisle Reservation also attracts Eastern Meadowlarks, which were singing for territory along with dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds.
A Pileated Woodpecker was just what one birder needed for his Ohio list on this 20-degree morning. The Brown Creeper was another nice addition for the seven who made the walk. American Tree Sparrows were numerous, as they had been in January and February 2017.
Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinals and Song Sparrows were singing, to name a few. A highlight of the walk was the sighting of ten Eastern Bluebirds, first spotted by birder Brent. American Tree Sparrows continued in good numbers as seen on the January walk.
The 2016 Lakewood Circle (west side of Cleveland) Christmas Bird Count did remarkably well in locating a good variety of bird species. Despite many participants stating that they didn’t “do well” on their count route, 80 species were sighted overall, which is one of the highest if not the highest number of species for the Lakewood Circle.
Twenty-one birders came out to see winter resident birds, including Black-capped Chickadees taking seeds from outstretched hands. American Tree Sparrows abounded.
Temperatures were in the high 20’s to low 30’s throughout the day. A 2 inch snowfall on Dec. 29 covered most of the Circle area. Wind was a concern, especially in open areas and along the lakefront, with gusts bringing windchills and high waves on the lake.
Winter is here, ice on the ponds, temperatures in the 20’s on a sunny, breezy day. Leader Ken Gober observed 40 American Tree Sparrows on the way in, adding to two observed by the group of 13 hardy birders.
Field Trip to Huntington Beach, Cahoon Memorial Park and Bradstreet's Landing, Saturday, November 26, 2016 Report
Wind and wave action made it hard to hear birds, but Red-breasted Mergansers were easy to see flying west low over the lake. Loons, grebes and goldeneye fished close to shore.
A Bald Eagle flyover was a highlight of the walk. Migrating warblers, sparrows and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker put in their appearances.
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NEO Sierra Club members Kathy Schaefer, Urban Issues Committee, and Fran Mentch, Activist, Co-Chair, Water Committee, participate in the Jan 2019 WCAS Conservation Project Lab, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, OH, Gordon Square Arts District.
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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.
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