June’s walk had the most participants that I can recall with 15 people taking part in the walk. A few were new, which makes it even more fun to share this walk. Forty-one species were tallied, not bad for a hot day. - Report by Nancy Howell, photos by Shaun Missig
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
Location: Towpath Trail, Scranton Flats
Leaders: Nancy Howell, Al Rand
Results: 41 Species, 15 Birders
By Nancy Howell
June’s walk had the most participants that I can recall with 15 people taking part in the walk. A few were new, which makes it even more fun to share this walk. Forty-one species were tallied, not bad for a hot day.
American Robin, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, House Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and Song Sparrow were our parking area “greeters”. Near the parking area Juneberry (Amelanchier) shrubs and a nearby Red Mulberry (Morus rubra), both with fruit, provided looks at the Cedar Waxwings, starlings, robins and Gray Catbirds which were enjoying the fruits. Some of the participants also tried the mulberries. The berries taste best when eaten “squishy ripe” which also turns fingers purple.
We hoped to share sightings of the Peregrine Falcons, but the 2 that were sighted were at a distance and we could not tell if they were the adults or juveniles. The pair that nested on the Hope Memorial Bridge produced 4 chicks. During the May walk, only 2 chicks were sighted in the nest box, apparently the other 2 were tucked farther back. According to peregrine experts, Chris and Chad Saladin, females fledge a little earlier than males. At least one female fledgling got into a bit of “trouble” landing near the river and some unhappy gulls were nearby which could mean trouble for a recently fledged falcon. Apparently all 4 chicks fledged. We wish them well.
Heading toward the Cuyahoga River, Canada Geese were noted along with Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Several American Goldfinch were feeding on the ripening thistle seeds. Red-winged Blackbirds, males, females, and nearly grown young were moving around, the young birds still begging for food. Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler and a Northern Mockingbird were seen. At the river platform we found our friend “Lester” the Lesser Scaup and several Mallards, noting that the adult male Mallards were going into eclipse plumage. Northern Rough-winged and Barn Swallows were flying around.
Along the Towpath we were able to pick up Common Grackle, Killdeer, Chimney Swift, Willow Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher, Double-crested Cormorant, and Spotted Sandpiper. Tree Swallows continued at the nest boxes with at least a couple of boxes occupied. A little bit of swallow aggression occurred at the boxes as other Tree Swallows came near the already occupied sites. One Belted Kingfisher early on in the walk gave us a really nice show. Of course it was calling, then it flew over our heads, circled a couple of times, almost landed on an electric line … but then decided not to … and took off up river. We wondered what that was all about, oh sure, it wanted the new people on our walk to appreciate it … and we did!
Eagle-eyed Al Rand spotted an Osprey in the sky. To most of us it was a speck in the sky. Red-tailed Hawks were circling over the Collision Bend area, they possibly nested on one of the old lift bridges.Turkey Vultures were loving the thermals rising from the city. We picked up a few more species as we made our way down Carter Rd. then back onto the Towpath.These included Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, House Wren, Brown-headed Cowbird, Indigo Bunting, and a very nice male Orchard Oriole.
It was good to get back to the parking area as we were feeling the heat.
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