Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

Field trip Saturday, July 12, 2008

Monthly Morning with the Birds at Rocky River Nature Center

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Birding in shady woods is the best way to spend a steamy summer morning!  WCAS joined the Rocky River Nature Centerís Monthly Morning with the Birds led by Dave Grasskemper. A ruby-throated hummingbird showed off his iridescent feathers at the top of a dead tree. Wood thrushes called, catbirds mewed and chattered. Young wood ducks sunned themselves on a log next to a turtle. Leaving the Nature Center, several of us took the opportunity to observe five cliff swallow nests on the Mastick Road Bridge and a dozen on the bridge south of the Marina over the Rocky River. Cliff swallows were seldom seen in the Cleveland area until this year, but Mary Anne Romito has counted more than two dozen nests on the concrete bridges in the Rocky River Reservation.

19 Birders

43  Bird Species

Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Cooperís Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-Eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-Capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Scarlet Tanager
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-Winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Twelve-spotted Skipper © Dave Lewis

Cliff Swallow at nest © Dave Lewis

Gypsy Moth © Dave Lewis

Rocky River Birders © Mary Anne Romito

Canada Lily © Dave Lewis

Belted Kingfisher © Dave Lewis

Green Frog © Dave Lewis

Downy Woodpecker © Dave Lewis

Gray Catbird © Dave Lewis

Red-eyed Vireo © Dave Lewis

Black Cohosh © Mary Anne Romito

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