River Styx Reservation May 31, 2009

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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
River Styx field trip, Sunday, May 31, 2009
Leader: Dan Bertsch, Chief Naturalist, Medina County Park District

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird performed U-shaped courtship flights. Brown Thrashers and Field Sparrows flew about in pairs. A Hooded Warbler sat quietly on her nest by some Blue Cohosh about two feet off the ground. A Blue-winged Warbler came out in the bright sun eager to challenge his rivals. Several other birds carried food. At River Styx Park in Medina County the birds not already taking care of nests were working to start a family. Besides showing us great views of the birds, leader Dan Bertsch identified plants. Another highlight was a red fox who came through just before most of the birders arrived. Bird sightings from this field trip will be entered into the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas.

48 bird species
1 red fox
8 birders

Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (courtship display)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler (on nest)
Scarlet Tanager, Orange Phase
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Birders at River Styx Mary Anne Romito

Hooded Warbler on nest Mary Anne Romito

Close-up of Hooded on nest Lloyd Wygant

Field Sparrow Lloyd Wygant

Gray Catbird with food Lloyd Wygant

Brown Thrasher Lloyd Wygant

Rose-breasted Grosbeak Lloyd Wygant

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