Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Auto Tour
July 18, 2009

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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

Field Trip Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour


Families of Pied-billed Grebes and Common Moorhens and a singing Dickcissel were the highlights of the WCAS auto tour at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.  In fact Common Moorhens and Pied-billed Grebes appeared at several locations along the tour.  A couple of Black-bellied Plovers offered nice scope views in the one section with shorebird habitat. Other shorebirds were too distant to enjoy. With the Plovers was a flock of 45 or more Great Egrets, with at least one Snowy Egret. Three species of tern and five species of swallow made this a great birding day. Did I mention that we saw 4 Bald Eagles at one location?


Sunny, breezy 70-degree weather and the after-tour hospitality of Dave and Laurie made it just perfect.


62 species


Canada Goose

Wood Duck


Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Common Moorhen

American Coot

Black-bellied Plover


Lesser Yellowlegs

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Caspian Tern

Common Tern

Forsters Tern

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Willow Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

House Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Towhee

Field Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Indigo Bunting



Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Orchard Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow




Ottawa birders Page Stephens

Glorious day Laurie Boylan

Bald Eagle Dave Lewis

Barn Swallow on nest Dave Lewis

American Bittern Dave Lewis

Caspian Tern Dave Lewis

Cedar Waxwing Dave Lewis

Common Moorhen family Dave Lewis

Dickcissel Dave Lewis

Pied-billed Grebe with young Dave Lewis

Counting them up! Laurie Boylan

Chowing down! Laurie Boylan





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