What a lovely morning. Rain earlier in the morning seemed to refresh everything. Cool, crisp, breezy, and mostly clear, then clouds then clear again. A great group of people and some nice bird sightings. Eight participants joined this month’s walk and 44 species of birds were reported. - Report by Nancy Howell, photos by Shaun Missig
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Location: Towpath Trail, Scranton Flats
Leaders: Nancy Howell, Al Rand
Results: 44 Species, 8 Birders
By Nancy Howell
What a lovely morning. Rain earlier in the morning seemed to refresh everything. Cool, crisp, breezy, and mostly clear, then clouds then clear again. A great group of people and some nice bird sightings. Eight participants joined this month’s walk and 44 species of birds were reported.
Our tried and true birds greeted us while we waited for participants to arrive - American Robin, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, House Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Brown-headed Cowbird, and flyovers of gulls.What was not anticipated, but great to add, were a flock of Cedar Waxwings and a Great Egret, both flying over.
We hit the overlook and sighted or heard Canada Geese, Red-winged Blackbirds, Northern Cardinal, Willow Flycatcher and Yellow Warbler. We searched the Innerbelt Bridge for Peregrines, but the birds were not seen there. Heading into the Cuyahoga River valley, Common Grackles, House Finch Song Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat, Double-crested Cormorant, Herring and Ring-billed Gulls were tallied. As we neared the platform that extends into the river an American Robin carrying food was noted, and a nest, overflowing with at least 3 young, was seen. We left quickly so the adult could get the kids fed.
At the platform there were many more Canada Geese, Mallards, “Lester” our Lesser Scaup, and Spotted Sandpipers. Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows flew around us as well. One participant noted an adult Peregrine Falcon by the nest box on the Hope Memorial Bridge. At least 2 Peregrine chicks could be seen in the nest box, and moments later a second adult swooped in and perched on the bridge. Nice!
Heading on the towpath we picked up another Great Egret, a couple of Great Blue Herons, House Wren, Tree Swallows, which were occupying at least 2 of the bird boxes, Chimney Swift and many more Canada Geese. A leucistic American Robin was noted - was this the same bird we saw a couple months earlier in the year? Nearing Collision Bend, Al Rand spotted a Green Heron and we hoped we’d be able to see it once we reached the bend. Well, we sure did see it, and 2 other Green Herons, so 3 all together, along with a Great Egret AND a Black-crowned Night Heron - yippee! For a couple of participants, this was a lifer!
Let’s not forget the Warbling Vireo, Northern Mockingbird, Red-tailed Hawks, Killdeer, and Mourning Dove that were seen or heard along the way. Heading along Carter Rd. we spent time looking at and identifying blue flowers in an abandoned, fenced area. We identified them as Viper’s Bugloss and they looked pretty mixed in with white daisies. In the area we picked up Eastern Kingbird and Turkey Vulture. Our last leg of the walk, as we headed back, we were able to add Red-shouldered Hawk, a pair of Orchard Orioles, Baltimore Oriole, and American Redstart.
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