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.
Second Saturday Bird Walk May 12, 2018 at Rocky River Nature Center Report
Date: Saturday, May 12, 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: 22 Birders, 76 Species
Description: We had a remarkable outing. 22 observers including a visitor from New York city and a birder from Finland. Migration is in full swing. The weather was cloudy and cool. We had a remarkable total of 76 species, including 20 warblers. Some of the warblers were high up in the treetops causing "warbler neck". Some of the warblers were singing, including the elusive Parula warbler, which was calling in several locations. However some warblers were low and we had brief looks at the Hooded warbler chasing bugs on the ground. The Yellow warblers were in many locations. The eight Yellow warblers observed were singing and we had some good looks at this bird. Chestnut-sided warblers were in several locations and a few were low enough to get great looks. The Blackburnian warbler caused many observers to "ooh and awe".
Of the seven Thrushes that are regular visitors, six species were observed. The Wood thrush's were singing in many locations, Veerys were numerous and only the Hermit thrush did not appear. Five Flycatchers were observed, including the Olive-sided flycatcher. The Olive-sided flycatcher sat up on the tallest tree limb, chasing bugs and giving all of us plenty of time to watch and identify this elusive visitor. The Pileated woodpecker gave us all a great show, landing on a fallen tree on the ground and probing for grubs about 20 yards from our group.
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. - Report by Bill Deininger
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