We had a number of early migrants, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Creepers, and both Kinglets. Other first-of-year birds that showed up include, Tree Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, a Broad-winged hawk circled directly over our heads, an early Green Heron and five Hooded Mergansers popped into view.
Second Saturday Bird Walk Report
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Location: Trails around Rocky River Nature Center, Rocky River Reservation, Cleveland Metroparks, 24000 Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070 Map
Leaders: Bill Deininger, Ken Gober, Dave Graskemper
Results: 21 Birders, 51 Species
Description: Saturday’s walk was overcast, in the mid 40's with very little wind. We started in the parking lot watching a Cooper's Hawk building a nest. Excellent views for all to see. We had a number of early migrants, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Creepers, and both Kinglets. Other first-of-year birds that showed up include, Tree Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, a Broad-winged hawk circled directly over our heads, an early Green Heron and five Hooded Mergansers popped into view. Our best birds of the day were a single Pine Warbler and two Great Egrets. The Great Egrets first circled overhead then dropped to a marshy area. The large size and bright white birds made for excellent viewing offset by the grayish, dull, background. We finished the walk in the nature center and we were blessed with several Pine Siskin at the feeding station. The Siskin were on the feeders hanging inches from the window making our binoculars useless. Everyone had excellent close looks at the Siskin. The 21 observers finished the day with a count of 51 species. - Report by Bill Deininger
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