Shreve Spring Migration Sensation Pleases Birders by Tom Romito, Board Member, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
Perhaps the most productive observation area was Wright Marsh on the northeast corner of the complex. At least 250 Redheads (Aythya americana) and 400 Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) were there in the morning. Other notable species included 50 Northern Shovelers (Anas clypeata), 50 American Wigeons (Anas americana), and 50 Northern Pintails (Anas acuta).
Shreve Spring Migration Sensation Pleases Birders
By Tom Romito, Board Member, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
Several Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society members and friends flocked to the Killbuck Wildlife Area (map) south of Wooster, Ohio on Saturday, March 17, 2018 to take in the 15th Annual Shreve Spring Migration Sensation. This peak spring bird migration event covers over 5,600 acres in Ohio’s largest wetlands complex.
Members Terry and Joanne Gorges were there early in the morning to see 100 Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) at Funk Bottoms Observation Area (map) on the northwest corner of the complex. That flock dispersed during the morning and small numbers of them were seen at other observation areas. At least 300 American Coots (Fulica americana) settled down at Funk Bottoms in the afternoon during a snow squall.
Perhaps the most productive observation area was Wright Marsh (map) on the northeast corner of the complex. At least 250 Redheads (Aythya americana) and 400 Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) were there in the morning. Other notable species included 50 Northern Shovelers (Anas clypeata), 50 American Wigeons (Anas americana), and 50 Northern Pintails (Anas acuta).
Shreve Lake Observation Area (map) yielded a small number of species, but featured two Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) and a Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia).
Throughout the day, representatives from Medina Raptor Center showed off a Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) and a Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) at Shreve Elementary School (map), which served as the event headquarters. Featured speakers were on hand to discuss their conservation specialties. Vendors were also on hand to sell bird equipment and discuss their organizations.
When the afternoon arrived, the sun appeared and Cemetery Road, just east of Shreve, did not disappoint. With the observation area backlit by the sun, we counted another 200 Ring-necked Ducks (Aythya collaris) and 300 American Coots (Fulica americana).
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