Just can’t get enough of the urban birding along the Towpath. Seven participants had a terrific time enjoying the sights and birds on February’s walk. The day was sunny, skies were clear and it was not terribly cold. A couple of inches of light, fluffy snow had fallen early in the morning which was perfect to enhance the sometimes “gritty” architecture of the Flats. - Report by Nancy Howell
Six attendees came to the walk. It was nice to have a small group so that birds sighted could be easily pointed out. We were not disappointed with bird sightings including some surprises! Twenty-six species were sighted and/or heard as we walked from the parking area to the Scranton Flats fire station. It took 2½ hours to get that short distance!
Our usual route took us down to the Cuyahoga River past fields predominated by goldenrod in flower. American Goldfinch were sighted along with more starlings and pigeons. Near the river plenty of Ring-billed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls, Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallards, our friend “Lester” the Lesser Scaup, and Great Blue Heron.
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. Register for the Saturday, September 25, 2021 walk.
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As we began we spotted a Red-tailed Hawk. Barn Swallows perched on power lines near buildings and a small flock of House Sparrows dashed by. More shrubby areas got us House Wren, American Robin, and a second mockingbird. On the return trail a participant saw a Song Sparrow, and we added a Red-winged Blackbird.
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. Register for the Saturday, August 28, 2021 walk. Learn about seasonal nature sights in the accompanying photography and story descriptions by Chuck Slusarczyk Jr., naturalist, photographer, and Tremont, Ohio resident.
"Our resident male Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) whom I have taken to calling "Lester", shares his favorite log at Scranton Flats in Cleveland with a Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) this afternoon." ~ Chuck Slusarczyk Jr., Birder and Tremont resident.
Birds to look for along the Towpath Trail in Tremont, Ohio during early summer are all breeding birds. Along with the adults, you will also see young fledglings and immature birds hatched just this year.
The first in a series of urban bird walks, co-sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon and Tremont West Development Corporation, took place on Saturday, May 22, 2021. The Towpath Tremont Trail is adjacent to the Cuyahoga River and plenty of “wild” places along railroad tracks, and not-so-vacant, vacant lots.
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?
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