Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
January 10, 2010

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WCAS field trip Sunday January 10, 2010 to Cleveland Lakefront State Nature Preserve, a.k.a. Dike 14

Birders had a brilliantly sunny and cold day on the lakefront. It was our first winter field trip to the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, also known as Dike 14. Nancy Howell organized it for us and led the trip. Animal tracks were everywhere in the snow. The ice-bound lake was a beautiful sight from the "beak" of the preserve. Birds here have plenty of cover. They were heard more than seen. The nearby East 72nd Street power plant area offered close-up views of gulls and diving ducks. A few birders stopped by Burke Lakefront Airport as well.

26 birders, 35 species total: 17 species at Dike 14 and 18 species at E 72nd Street power plant plus 2 more at Burke Lakefront Airport

Cooper’s Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black Backed Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

17 species

Observed at East 72nd Street by Power Plant

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
American Coot
Ring-Billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Iceland Gull

18 species

Observed by Burke Lakefront Airport

Red-tailed Hawk
Snow Bunting

2 species

We were featured in the Plain Dealer's Aerial View by Jim McCarty. See his story here.

Northern Mockingbird © Dave Lewis


Iceland Gull © Dave Lewis


Buffleheads © Dave Lewis


WCAS birders at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve © Mary Anne Romito

Ice and gulls © Penny O'Connor

Bill videoing at E 72 St © Penny O'Connor

Coyote footprints © Penny O'Connor

Birders making tracks © Penny O'Connor

Ice and skyline © Mary Anne Romito

American Tree Sparrow © Dave Lewis

Someone was "nosing" around. Coyote? © Mary Anne Romito

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