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.
Bird Walk Report
Event: Joint Field Trip with Kirtland Bird Club at Erie Street Cemetery and Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Report
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Erie Street Cemetery, 2254 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44115 Map and continue to Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, 8701 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland OH 44103 Map
Leaders: Mary Anne Romito and Nancy Howell
Target Species: Fall Migration Species
Results: 35 Birders. 27 Species at Erie Street Cemetery & 45 Species at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Description: The October 7th Western Cuyahoga Field Trip was a joint trip in conjunction with the Kirtland Bird Club led by Mary Anne Romito. Approximately 35 people attending the trip, starting at Erie Street Cemetery in downtown Cleveland, then moving to the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve.
Foggy and overcast, not to mention poor lighting were the words to describe the morning, yet participants had a great time. At Erie St. Cemetery we chatted with some of the participants and it turned out that a couple from San Francisco, CA joined the trip. How did they know? The pair were in Cleveland for The Wildlife Society conference that week and saw it on social media. In addition, a volunteer with Lights Out Cleveland attended the field trip after her volunteer duties downtown that started at 5:00 AM!
Due to poor lighting a lot of this was heard “Was that a Tennessee Warbler?” and “I think that was a House Sparrow, oh, nope it was a White-throated Sparrow”. It was nice when birds perched on headstones, like the Eastern Phoebe or White-throated Sparrows, or foraged in the grass as they were a lot easier to see. A total of 27 species was recorded from the cemetery and White-throated Sparrows were the most numerous species. A nice smattering of other sparrows, Lincoln’s, Song, Chipping and Dark-eyed Junco made the list. A few warbler species were wheadled out by observant birders - Black and White, Blackpoll, Palm, Pine and Black-throated Green.
Other notable species for the cemetery were Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Swainson’s and Wood Thrushes and a Brown Thrasher.
Next, onto the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve … with the Cleveland Browns playing and fans making their way to the Stadium or Muny Lot we thought traffic would be bad, but those who headed to CLNP got through downtown with little delay.
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. Numerous Northern Flickers and American Robins buzzed overhead as Blue Jays called in the distance. Taking a left onto the trail, warblers and many other species began to appear with some of the best viewing near a row of dying ash trees. With few leaves on the trees the birds were easier to see. A Red-eyed Vireo and a couple of Blue-headed Vireos were sighted as were Carolina and House Wrens. Kinglets bounced all over the place and our numbers may not reflect how many there really were. Along with American Robins, the other thrush being seen was the Swainson’s Thrush, feeding on small grapes and other fruits. Gray Catbirds and Brown Thrashers, also fruit eaters, were noted. Additional sparrow species were found in the “weedy” wet areas - Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows to be exact. Here is a list of the warblers that were sighted among the group: Orange-crowned, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, Cape May, Magnolia, Bay-Breasted, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Palm, Yellow-rumped and Black-throated Green. Not too shabby. One of the more interesting species seen and cooperated so nicely by perching for a long time on bare branches was a Scarlet Tanager. Everyone had the opportunity to see it. Thanks to everyone’s sharp eyes and sharing what they saw it was a fun and well-attended field trip. - Nancy Howell, Bird Walk Leader
Erie Street Cemetery Species Count
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Species Count
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