Tim Colborn led an instructional bird walk for those interested with an appreciation for avian life.
Bird Walk Report
Event: WCAS Bird Walks Biodiversity Nature Bash
Date and Time: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Location: West Creek Reservation, 2277 W Ridgewood Dr, Parma, OH 44134 Map
Leader: Timothy Colborn
Target species: Typical midwest woodland and field species such as seasonal flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) and August specialties of butterflies and dragonflies.
Results: 6 Birders and 13 Species
Description: Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society has participated with the West Creek Backyard Nature Bash for several years. In addition to an information booth where representatives share the activities and conservation efforts of the chapter, we also lead a couple of bird walks for attendees. While our walks this year were negatively affected by the heat, humidity and a monsoon-like downpour, we were happy to spend time with a small group of enthusiastic and interested birders.
Prior to the rains, a group of six of us were able to spend a brief but enjoyable walk along the paths near the large antennas (toward the western side of the park). While we saw little, we did have a chance to discuss raptor identification from a distance as a single Turkey Vulture and one Red-tailed Hawk provided a great comparison. The vulture flew in the distance with a slight dihedral (angling up of the wings) and a bit of rocking motion in the winds aloft. The hawk was slightly smaller but flew and soared steadier and flat-winged giving a distinctively different appearance in the field. Due to the type of light available, both birds looked very dark at a distance. We talked about how important it is to realize how the light may affect the way we are seeing birds in the wild. We also discussed the plentiful American Goldfinches, one of our latest nesters in the area due in part to the late blooming thistle on which they so often feed. They might still be tending young in the nest or training them to feed ahead of migration or the approaching seasonal change.
In addition to the handful of species we were able to see together, other species observed in the park that afternoon included Eastern Bluebird, Red-winged Blackbird, Baltimore Oriole, and Eastern Wood-Pewee. A total of 13 species was identified. We look forward to sharing the birds here again next year! - Tim Colborn, Bird Walk Leader.
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