Our usual route took us down to the Cuyahoga River past fields predominated by goldenrod in flower. American Goldfinch were sighted along with more starlings and pigeons. Near the river plenty of Ring-billed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls, Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallards, our friend “Lester” the Lesser Scaup, and Great Blue Heron.
Towpath Trail Tremont Bird Walk Report
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: Ohio & Erie Canalway, Abbey Ave, Tremont, OH 44113. Towpath Public Parking Map
Leaders: Julie West, Nancy Howell, Mary Anne Romito
Results: 33 Species, 10 Birders
Description: Great people, great location … great fun. WCAS’ September Tremont Bird Walk, in association with the Tremont West Development Corporation, was another good one. Leaders were Julie West, Nancy Howell and Mary Anne Romito. Mary Anne joined on the flatter part of the trail due to her foot injury and she hobbled along nicely. Ten participants joined us for the walk.
Weather conditions started off with mostly sunny skies, a bit breezy, and cooler, fall-like temperatures. It was good to have a windbreaker jacket on. Toward the end of the walk, more clouds had built up and a few raindrops were felt, but nothing significant. Today’s crew located 33 species on the complete circle walk.
As usual, our “welcoming committee” of species in the parking lot were Rock Pigeons, many European Starlings and fly-by Ring-billed Gulls. We watched as a pigeon came zooming in and did a 180 degree turn to go under the I-71/90 bridge deck. Show off. Our usual route took us down to the Cuyahoga River past fields predominated by goldenrod in flower. American Goldfinch were sighted along with more starlings and pigeons. Near the river plenty of Ring-billed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls, Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallards, our friend “Lester” the Lesser Scaup, and Great Blue Heron. Other birds in the area included Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, House Sparrow, and Gray Catbird. What was nice were Northern Mockingbirds that perched at eye level so everyone had the opportunity to see them perched and in flight with their white wing patches and outer tail feathers. A Common Yellowthroat was in a thick shrub near the river and popped up for a second or so. Participants scanned the downtown Cleveland skyline and viewed Turkey Vultures circling the buildings, then two smaller, speedier shapes were spotted around the Terminal Tower, two Peregrine Falcons. The falcons dove at one another and also at the vultures. Chimney Swifts were noted in the skies and exiting a chimney. Ahhhhh, urban birding!
Birding quieted down for a while and we mostly saw additional House Sparrows, starlings, gulls, and mockingbirds. A Northern Flicker was added during this quieter time. Reaching the fire house we scanned the river and far shore adding another Great Blue Heron. Then someone said, “Cooper’s Hawk” and we all looked up to see the bird circling overhead with its long tail and shorter wingspan - nice! At the firehouse some in the group had to turn back due to other obligations of the day, while about half the group continued. Again it was a little slow until our first Mourning Dove was sighted and a few goldfinch flew over. More walking with little birding which kind of surprised all of us as the fields should have held something.
We then hit a “hot spot” with many species of birds being called out by all members of the group. House Sparrow (lots), Northern Flicker (many), Blue Jay (several), Song Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo, American Robin (many), European Starling, Gray Catbird, House Finch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and White-throated Sparrow. From what we could discern, the grape vines and Virginia creeper tangles held fruits that many of the birds were enjoying.
The return trail had species already sighted, but added Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, and Red-winged Blackbird. Before going up the hill to return to the parking area, a cooperative Red-tailed Hawk perched on a telephone pole then moved to a metal pole where everyone got good views. - Nancy Howell, Bird Walk Leader
The list of species and number of each species.
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