Follow the Swallows
June 12, 2009

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Follow the Swallows

Friday, June 12, 2009 7-9 p.m.

Cedar Point Bridge and Lagoon Picnic Area
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
Birding Buddies IBA Favorites No. 2

Barn Swallows have built 14 nests and Cliff Swallows 7 on the Cedar Point Bridge. Low water in the Rocky River allowed a walk under the bridge to enjoy the beauty of both species close up as they fed their young. Mary Anne's boots came in handy to get a full count of the nests. A Red-tailed Hawk surprised us with great looks as it consumed prey on a low branch only a few yards from us in the woods by the Lagoon Picnic Area. We heard a barred owl. Most colorful, a flock of Cedar Waxwings in the marsh.

Birds - 35 species

Canada Goose (pairs with young)
Mallard (pairs)
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk (eating prey in woods by Lagoon)
Barred Owl (heard at Lagoon)
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher (pair)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireos
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow (7 nests on the Cedar Point Bridge)
Barn Swallow (14 nests on the Cedar Point Bridge)
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing (Flock at Lagoon)
Scarlet Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Other Sightings

Green Frog
American Toad
Trees cut by Beavers








Swallow followers Page Stephens

American Toad Mary Anne Romito

Red-tailed Hawk who just finished dinner Mary Anne Romito

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, 4310 Bush Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109