Lorain Harbor and Avon Power Plant Fieldtrip
January 17, 2015

 

Report Photos by Penny O'Connor

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

Field Trip with Black River Audubon Society,

 at Lorain Harbor and Avon Lake Power Plant

Saturday,  January 17, 2015

Leaders: Tammy Martin and Liz McQuaid

25 Birders

The star of the show on this field trip was a beautiful male Common Goldeneye at Miller Park by the Avon Lake Power Plant.  Near open water a sheet of transparent ice covered a little school of minnows.  The Goldeneye dove and disappeared underwater only to glide along under the clear ice before popping back out to the surface. Winter favorites did not disappoint at Lorain Impoundment.  Along the dike were Common Redpolls, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings.  Bald Eagles sat on ice in Lake Erie at both locations, a great reward for birders who braved the ice, snow and wind of a bright winter morning.  Thanks to Rich Kassouf and Liz McQuaid for eBirding their observations.

  

Bird List at Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing

 16 species at this site

 

80

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

1

Mute Swan Cygnus olor

2

White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca

20

Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

95

Common Merganser Mergus merganser

8

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

3

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

300

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

15

Herring Gull Larus argentatus

9

Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

1

Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus

9

Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis

25

American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea

2

Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

1

White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis

21

Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea

  

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Bird List at Avon Lake Power Plant, Miller Road Park Jetty

 16 species at this site

 

10

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

1

Mute Swan Cygnus olor

45

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

60

Canvasback Aythya valisineria

40

Redhead Aythya americana

5

Greater Scaup Aythya marila

30

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis

12

Bufflehead Bucephala albeola

4

Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

3

Common Merganser Mergus merganser

13

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

1

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

2

American Coot Fulica americana

25

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

12

Herring Gull Larus argentatus

2

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

 

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