As we began we spotted a Red-tailed Hawk. Barn Swallows perched on power lines near buildings and a small flock of House Sparrows dashed by. More shrubby areas got us House Wren, American Robin, and a second mockingbird. On the return trail a participant saw a Song Sparrow, and we added a Red-winged Blackbird.
Towpath Trail Tremont Bird Walk Report
Date & Time: Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
Location: The Towpath Trail (Tremont), Cleveland, OH 44113 Map
Leader: Nancy Howell
Results: 28 Species, 10 Birders
Description: The monthly Tremont Bird Walks along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon and Tremont West Development Corp. took place on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Throughout the week a heat and humidity wave hit the Cleveland area and Saturday was no exception. However, ten eager birders attended the morning’s walk. Everyone was hydrated and most everyone carried water with them. With the heat the birding was anticipated as being on the slow side, but that was not true! Thank goodness for the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie for providing the water that we, and wildlife, need and appreciate.
Twenty-eight species were sighted on the walk. This time everyone in the group wanted to make a circular route rather than turning around at the fire station as had been done in the past. Everyone who chose to take the loop route was reminded to stay hydrated and let someone know if they were not feeling well, which is very important when leading a group.
As we gathered at the parking lot, the usual urban species, Rock Pigeon and European Starling were noted, and a couple of flocks of Double-crested Cormorant flew by, all heading northward, no doubt to the lake. The field and brushy areas heading down toward the towpath held House Finch, American Goldfinch, Gray Catbird, and a Great Blue Heron and Turkey Vulture flew overhead. Everyone got good views of the House Finch as they fed on seeds and the catbird was cooperative by perching on top of sumac bushes. We also spent time looking at several species of butterfly and noting the plants that were in bloom thus providing nectar and pollen for insects.
Reaching the river, and watching a freighter make a turn, we began to see more aquatic birds, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, Mallards, our friend “Lester” the Lesser Scaup, and Spotted Sandpiper. One of the participants saw a Green Heron on a log and we all got good looks. Continuing on the towpath along the river we added Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, Northern Flicker, and then a Caspian Tern flew by. Nice! Two more Turkey Vultures were seen perched on an abandoned building. People commented on their size and everyone mentioned how much they liked Turkey Vultures. Awwwww.
At the fire station, the group took a little break and scanned the river. Mostly Ring-billed Gulls. All participants said they were feeling good and agreed to walk the loop which would take us a little farther from the river, past buildings and overgrown lots. Love the overgrown areas with vines, shrubs, and “weeds” as these can be good birding areas. As we began we spotted a Red-tailed Hawk. Barn Swallows perched on power lines near buildings and a small flock of House Sparrows dashed by. More shrubby areas got us House Wren, American Robin, and a second mockingbird. On the return trail a participant saw a Song Sparrow, and we added a Red-winged Blackbird. As we neared the towpath Canada Geese could be heard … then seen. All along the trail additional goldfinch, gulls, starlings, and catbirds were seen, not to mention the late summer wildflowers and the number of Monarch butterflies.
Not bad for a hot, humid summer day. The following is the list of species and number of each species.
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