Our first stop was Wendy Park along the lakeshore just west of downtown Cleveland. While the shorebird migration is in its early stages, we found Least and Pectoral Sandpipers, Killdeer and Semipalmated Plovers, Lesser Yellowlegs and about ten beautifully buffy orange Short-billed Dowitchers feeding at the iron ore ponds just west of the main Wendy Park parking lot.
Field Trip Report
Event: Hotspot Field Trip to Wendy Park & Sandy Ridge Reservation
Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Location: Wendy Park, 2800 Whiskey Island Drive, Cleveland, OH 44102 Map & Sandy Ridge Reservation, 6195 Otten Rd, North Ridgeville, OH 44039 Map
Leader: Tim Colborn
Target Species: Early Migrant Shorebirds
Results: 5 Birders, 48 Species
Description: Five members of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society joined leader Tim Colborn on a local search for early migrant and resident shorebirds in the Cleveland area on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Skies were mostly clear with temps already in the low 70’s as we departed North Olmsted at about 7:00 a.m. Our first stop was Wendy Park along the lakeshore just west of downtown Cleveland. While the shorebird migration is in its early stages, we found Least and Pectoral Sandpipers, Killdeer and Semipalmated Plovers, Lesser Yellowlegs and about ten beautifully buffy orange Short-billed Dowitchers feeding at the iron ore ponds just west of the main Wendy Park parking lot. Two of us added a Spotted Sandpiper along the shore at Wendy Park to bump our shorebird number up a notch. In addition to the shorebirds, we studied a singing Willow Flycatcher and got good looks at a Northern Mockingbird (this area is one of the best places in Cuyahoga County to find them). In all, we tallied 28 species in about 50 minutes of birding.
Four of us then drove over to Lorain County and the Sandy Ridge Reservation. Arriving around 9:30 a.m., temperatures had climbed into the low 80’s. The woods provide respite from the sun on the first part of the hike and we added Acadian Flycatcher and a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. We walked the main loop around the impoundments noting many Mallard and Wood Duck families lazing about the ponds as well as more than a dozen Great Egrets and half as many Great Blue Herons taking advantage of the lower water levels and easy hunting. A Cooper’s Hawk flew over the main trail clutching unidentified prey. Colorful species showed themselves during the loop walk including bright yellow American Goldfinch, deep blue Indigo Bunting, and warm brown Cedar Waxwings. A distant Sandhill Crane was briefly seen across the impoundments. Our last bird of the day was a cooperative Wood Thrush that perched just off the trail to give each of us marinating looks. While no new shorebirds were added, we observed a total of 33 species at the Reservation.
In total, 48 species (including 7 shorebird species) were seen before the sun and heat drove us off the trails.
- Tim Colborn, Bird Walk Leader
Download: Shorebird Hotspots Field Trip on Saturday, July 14, 2018 Report
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