In Lorain County, Spring is in the Air. So are the Birds!

By Tim Fairweather, Senior Manager/Park Naturalist at Sandy Ridge Reservation

birders spring  The frogs are calling, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are back. Migration for some birds involves traveling thousands of miles most of it at night. They use stars and magnetic cues from the earth to find their way. Many of them come north to take advantage of the abundant insect population. So they’re doing us a favor too!

We’re celebrating the return of waterfowl, wading birds, shore birds, and song birds at Sandy Ridge Reservation.

Wednesday Morning Birding
Wednesdays thru May 27th
7:30-10am
Sandy Ridge Reservation

All levels of expertise welcome. Coffee and tea after the walk.

The Big Sit
May 9th, 6am-2pm
Sandy Ridge Reservation- Observation Mound

What is The Big Sit?
A birding marathon! Instead of pursuing the birds, you wait for the birds to come to you.

BIG BIRDING WEEKEND
May 9th and 10th
10 am–4 pm
Sandy Ridge Reservation

Activities at the Johnson Wetland Center include kids birding projects and games, videos, information from the Black River Audubon, and more.

woodie2Here are the birds spotted at Sandy Ridge this week:

Despite the wintry conditions, birds journey on. Here’s the list from the week thus far-

Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Wigeon
Mallard
Shoveler
Bl. W. Teal
Gr W. Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
D Cr Cormorant
GBH
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald eagle
Cooper’s hawk
Red-tailed  hawk
Red-shouldered hawk
Broad-winged hawk
Kestrel
Sora
Coot
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Dunlin
Wilson’s Snipe
Am Woodcock
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Flicker
E Phoebe
Blue Jay
Crow
Tree Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
B C Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Wh Br Nuthatch
Marsh Wren- several heard not seen
Carolina Wren
R Cr   Kinglet
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
E Bluebird
Robin
Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song  Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Junco
N. Cardinal
R. W. Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
E Meadowlark
Grackle
Cowbird
House Finch
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow

posted by Barb Bickel at 4:04 pm

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