West Creek Field Trip
October 9, 2011

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West Creek Field Trip

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Leaders: Rich Kassouf and Gabe Leidy

20 birders, 49 species

Colorful leaves and bright sun made a great day for birding at West Creek Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks.  Rich Kassouf and Gabe Leidy led. Gabe has birded West Creek from an early age.  West Creek was a favorite spot of WCAS’ late friend Dave LeGallee.  Dave’s son Bob joined us for the walk.  As we gathered for the walk, twenty or more noisy American Crows flew over pursuing an Ibis.  We clambered up and down hills and crossed the creek on stepping stones.  In addition to the Ibis, our list includes 8 species of warblers, 7 species of sparrows and a Yellow-billed cuckoo.

Bird List

Canada Goose


Great Blue Heron

Ibis (sp.) Flying, mobbed by crows

Turkey Vulture

Red-tailed Hawk

Ring-billed Gull

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Chimney Swift

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Phoebe

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper (many)

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Swainson’s Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

European Starling

Tennessee Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Towhee

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat © Dave Lewis

Canada Goose © Dave Lewis

More fall color © Penny O'Connor

West Creek birders © Mary Anne Romito

Dave LeGallee was with us in spirit © Marian Kraus

Another "Dave" Lewis © Mary Anne Romito

Birders and woodlands © Penny O'Connor

Fall color © Penny O'Connor

Gabe, Karen, Joe and Rich © Penny O'Connor

Crossing the Creek © Penny O'Connor

Bob LeGallee © Penny O'Connor

White-crowned Sparrow © Dave Lewis

Black-throated Blue Warbler © Dave Lewis

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