Peak Preserve Field Trip

Saturday, July 7, 2012

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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

Peak Preserve Field Trip

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Leader: Jeanne Williams


Eaton Township's Margaret Peak Nature Preserve opened in 2009.  It rapidly became known for grassland birds such as the Dickcissels, Field Sparrows and  Savannah Sparrow that 14 birders saw or heard today.  Other highlights were Horned Larks, singing Indigo Buntings, Spotted Sandpipers and a family of Hooded Mergansers.  Much of the preserve's 98 acres is planted with soybeans, which provide a home for Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers and Horned Larks.  Eaton Township has steadily added features and trails.  New this week are three observation mounds and a woodland path.  Access to the cool woods was most welcome on this 90-degree day.


14 birders

47 species


Bird List


Mallard with family

Hooded Merganser with family

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Killdeer with family

Spotted Sandpiper

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Kingbird

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Horned Lark

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Carolina Wren

House Wren

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Dickcissel (3 individuals)

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow



Margaret Peak birders
Margaret Peak birders Mary Anne Romito

The following photos are courtesy of Penny O'Connor

Peak Preserve sign
Margaret Peak Nature Preserve

Viceroy butterfly

Red-spotted Purple
Red-spotted Purple butterfly

Looking for Dickcissels
Looking for Dickcissels

Soy bean fields
Soybean fields

Observation mound
Observation mound

Woodland at Peak
Woodland at Peak

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