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December 27, 2015 Christmas Bird Count. On count day, temperatures began at 50 degrees with overcast skies and lots of rain and drizzle  See report here.

December 12, 2015 Second Saturday Birder Brent brought his mother's Christmas cookies to share. See report here.

November 21, 2015 Scopes were essential for most sightings, but a group of Common Loons flew over the group at the start of the field trip at Bradstreet Landing See report here.

November 14, 2015 Second Saturday birders were treated to a Pileated Woodpecker on the trails.   See report here.

October 18, 2015 12 birders braved some wintery type weather in the form of rain, sleet and snow to walk the paths of West Creek Reservation in search of late fall migrants. See report here

October 10, 2015 Highlights of this second Saturday walk included a trio of Cooper's Hawks by West Channel Pond and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. See report here.

September 27, 2015 Fifteen warbler species foraged in the trees along Porter Creek Drive at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. See report here.

September 12, 2015 The wetland closest to Frostville hosted more than 70 Wood Ducks, while in the field nearby were 50 American Goldfinches on the Second Saturday birdwalk.  See report here.

August 30, 2015  Conneaut sandpit birding with the Kirtland Bird Club. See report here.Conneaut_field_trip_august_2015.html

August 8, 2015  A perfect summer morning at 67 degrees to start, 84 by noon.  Wood Ducks and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were numerous as on the Second Saturday birdwalk.   See report here.

July 25, 2015 This mild July morning at Lorain Impoundment did not bring a large variety of shorebirds, but the variety of birds was rewarding. See report here.

July 11, 2015 An Eastern Wood Pewee on the nest, large families of Wood Ducks and more at the Second Saturday birdwalk. See report here.

June 14, 2015 A Virginia Rail with two young was the highlight of the field trip to Bath Nature Preserve. See report here.

June 13, 2015 Morning rain gave way to a clear day, and summer resident birds came out to sing and forage on the Second Saturday birdwalk. See report here.

June 2, 2015 Good company, pleasant weather and abundant birds made a great evening at the annual WCAS Picnic and Plant Exchange. See report here.

May 21, 2015 Two Barred Owlets made a great start to the early evening bird walk at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center.   See report here.

May 9, 2015 Eight warbler species were among the 60 species spotted for a spectacular International Migratory Bird Day on the trails around the Rocky River Nature Center on the Second Saturday bird walk.  See report here.

April 11, 2015 Birds and birders came out in force on a sunny, temperate Second Saturday bird walk. See report here.

March 29, 2015 Brilliant sunshine tempered 20-degree temperatures at the start of the trip to Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. See report here. 

March 16, 2015 Icy trails modified the route. Eleven birders enjoyed milder weather for the Second Saturday bird walk. See report here.

February 14, 2015  Five birders braved the snowy roads and chill winds during the Second Saturday bird walk. See report here

January 17, 2015  The star of the show on this field trip was a beautiful male Common Goldeneye at Miller Park by the Avon Lake Power Plant. See report here

January 10, 2015 Deep-freeze day despite some sun at he Second Saturday bird walk. Only three birders braved the elements, and were rewarded by a red fox in addition to hardy winter birds. See report here.

December 28, 2014 Christmas Bird Count. As the lists of species came in it was like opening gifts again and again.  See report here.

December 13, 2014  Two Carolina Wrens played and sang on the roof of the Rocky River Nature Center for the Second Saturday bird walk. See report here

Dec Potluck 2014
WCAS's December Potluck and Silent Auction was a big success. Thank you everyone!

November 23, 2014 Two Cackling Geese amid hundreds of Canada Geese were the highlight of the WCAS field trip to Wellington Upground Reservoir. See report here

November 8, 2014  Nothing frozen yet, but leaves were mostly off the trees, making good viewing of kinglets and chickadees for the Second Saturday bird walk at Rocky River Nature Center. See report here

October 25, 2014 The Perkins Beach overlook at Edgewater Park had an assortment of waterfowl, notably including a Black Tern and other great birds. See report here.

October 11, 2014 With changing leaves a few winter residents put in an appearance for the Second Saturday bird walk at Rocky River Nature Center. See report here.

September 28, 2014 Birding was suspended twice, for a large beautiful spider and for a Walking Stick insect at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. See report here.

September 13, 2014 A rainy day greeted hardy birders to the Second Saturday Bird walk at Rocky River Nature Center. See report here.

August 16, 2014  The Daughmer Prairie field trip began at Lowe-Volk Park. See report here.

August 9, 2014 Hummingbirds hovered over the marsh.  Two green herons made entertaining moves at the Second Saturday Bird Walk. See report here.

July 13, 2014 Heavy showers forced birders under umbrellas at the start of the walk at Bath Nature Preserve.  See report here.

July 12, 2014 Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society sponsored its first "Second Saturday" bird walk at on the trails around the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center. See report here.

June 7, 2014 On this sunny, temperate June day, Horned Larks proved dependable as ever in the soybean field at Margaret Peak Preserve. See report here.

June 3, 2014 WCAS members and friends enjoyed a perfect June evening at Lagoon Picnic Area for our annual picnic, plant exchange and bird walk. See report here.

May 1, 2014 At Lake Erie Nature & Science center a cool cloudy walk along the banks of Porter Creek yielded a Great-Crested Flycatcher perched in the same area where one was observed last year. See report here.

April 19, 2014 Rusty Blackbirds got this bird walk off to a great start at South Mastick Picnic Area. See report here

March 8, 2014 Red-winged Blackbirds and Song Sparrows sang their spring songs at Sandy Ridge. See report here.

February 9, 2014 A Barred Owl high in a hemlock tree was the highlight of our 3-mile bird walk at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. See report here.

February 2, 2014  Fresh soft snow made peaceful scenery at the Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation.  See report here.

January 18, 2014 Jen Brumfield led thirty-five birders from WCAS, Kirtland Bird Club and the Northeast Ohio Young Birders in sunny, 12-degree deep-freeze along the Cleveland Lakefront.    See report here.

December 29, 2013 Christmas Bird Count. See report here.

November 17, 2013 Wellington. Predominant species were Canada Goose, American Coot and Ruddy Duck. Initially about 70 Canada Geese were present, but over the next two hours, the number swelled to about 760. See report here.

October 19, 2013.  Canal Way Reservation. What WCAS experienced most of all on this field trip was rain! Nonetheless, 21 birders persevered and observed 30 species. See report here.

September 29, 2013 Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The woods along Porter Creek were full of migrants on this partly-sunny 60-degree day.  See report here.

September 14, 2013. Huntington Reservation. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was a highlight on windy day at Huntington Reservation as we looked for southbound migrants See report here

August 25, 2013. Ottawa National Wildlife Area. Beginning at the Visitor Center, we toured Pool No. 1, the Crane Creek Estuary area and the new Blausey Unit, which is usually not a public area. See report here

July 20, 2013 Medina Raptor Center is in its 23rd year of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured raptors and other wild birds. They are state and federally-licensed See report here.

June 8, 2013. Puritas Wetlands. 39 species and 38 observers. See report here.

June 4, 2013. WCAS's annual picnic, plant exchange and of course a bird walk. See Report here.

May 23-25, 2013 UltraBird & UltraWalk. Woodcocks, warblers, sunshine and cold. You never know what you'll get on the UltraBird and UltraWalk. See report here

May 15, 2013  In the woods above Porter Creek, 9 species of warbler filled the trees at our Lake Erie Nature and Science Center field trip. See report here.

April 14, 2013 Brooklyn Centre Naturalists joined WCAS for this bird walk to Brookside Reservation and West Park Cemetery. See report here

March 10, 2013 Carlisle Reservation, at 1,917 acres is the largest of the Lorain Metro Parks.  A mild spring day brought out early migrants See report here.

February 17, 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Our wintry walk began at the beach, with fifty Common Goldeye.  See report here.

February 3, 2013   Snowy weather and temperatures in the teens put a layer of ice along the Lake Erie shore.  At Perkins Beach there were only scope views of birds in distant patches of open water. See report here

January 12, 2013 Avon Power Plant & Lorain Impoundment. A NORTHERN HARRIER hovered over Lorain Impoundment, a great look at a great bird. See report here.

December 30, 2012 Lakewood Christmas Bird Count.  See report here.

November 18, 2012 Common Loons in the frost and mist at the Upground Wellington Reservoir and Snow Geese. See report here.

October 13, 2012  Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve was alive with birds. See report here.

September 23, 2012  Highlights were a mixed flock of thrushes, including Gray-cheeked and Swainson's, a flyby of a Red-tailed Hawk and a Barred Owl at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center at Huntington Reservation. See report here.

September 16, 2012 A flock of thirteen or more Northern Flickers put on a show at Villa Angela. See report here

August 12, 2012 A private tour of the Ottawa National Refuge yielded 56 bird species. See report here

July 7, 2012 Margaret Peak Preserve has rapidly become known for grassland birds such as the Dickcissels, Field Sparrows and  Savannah Sparrow that 14 birders saw or heard today See report here

Downy Woodpecker © Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

Bald Eagle © John Sims

June 10, 2012 Canal Way Visitors Center by tram. Everywhere birds were tending their little ones. See report here.

June 5, 2012 WCAS Annual Picnic and Plant Exchange. Friends, food, plants and birds! See report here.

Congressional Recognition from Congressman Dennis Kucinich 5/26/2012

Chipping Sparrow © Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

May 24, 25, 26, 2012. UltraBird! May 26, 2012 UltraWalk! "We’re walking to bring attention to residents here that we all need to keep it clean!” See report here.

April 21, 2012  WCAS was joined by the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists and a group of scouts, for a total of 21 on the bird walk. See full report here.

Solitary Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper © Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

Wild Turkey  © Penny O'Connor

March 25, 2012 Fifty-five birders birded the woods and the beach, carefully watching every passing Turkey Vulture Huntington Reservation and Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. See full report here.

March 10, 2012 Highlights of our trip included at least six WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (Pond 27) among fifteen species of waterfowl throughout Killdeer Plains, several NORTHERN HARRIERS. See full report here.

February 18, 2012  A windy sunny Saturday morning made travel easy to Lorain Harbor and Black River. See full report here.

January 2012  The birds were hunkered down and very, very quiet.  See full report here.

Coopers Hawk © John Sims

Dragonflies at Lake to Lake © Tom Fishburn


December 30, 2011 A Friday may have been an odd day for some but with the way the holidays fell the Friday seemed to be one of the better days to do the Count. See full report here.

November 12, 2011. Waterfowl did not disappoint on this warm sunny day at Sandy Ridge.   Green-winged Teal looked beautiful in the bright light. See full report here.

American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow at Lake Abrams © Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

Black-throated Blue Warbler © Dave Lewis 10-2-2011

October 9, 2011 Colorful leaves and bright sun made a great day for birding at West Creek Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks.  Rich Kassouf and Gabe Leidy led. See report here.

September 25, 2011 The September field trip began at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center with a program by Christine Barnett featuring a resident Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed Hawk. See report here.

August 24, 2011 Lorain impoundment was a productive site for a shorebird trip today.  Western and Baird’s Sandpipers joined some of the more common shorebirds in a pond next to the parking lot.   See report here.

Female Tiger Swallowtail © Mary Anne Romito

Scopes lined up at Lorain © Tom Fishburn

August 20, 2011 WCAS lead the first nature walk at the Olmsted Falls River Park and Chestnut Grove Cemetaries for Heritage days. See report here.

July 9, 2011 On a 90-degree day 21 birders stepped into prairie restored to pre-European conditions at NASA Plum Brook. See report here

June 19, 2011 Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warbler were highlights on this “Heart of Hinckley” bird walk.  See report here

June 12, 2011 Brooklyn Oxbow is a hidden wild area in the heart of suburban Brooklyn, Ohio. See report here

June 7, 2011   WCAS finished a pleasant sunlit picnic with a bird walk by the dam and forest at Bonnie Park. See report here

May 26, 27, 28 2011 UltraBird & UltraWalk It’s amazing how many bird species you can find in your local park in an urban area. 91 species this year. See report here.

May 7, 2011  Huge trees, wildflowers and a bright sunny morning made a great backdrop for our bird walk.   See report here

April 3, 2011 Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society joined Lake Erie Nature and Science Center for a bird walk through Huntington Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. See report here.

March 13, 2011 A Northern Harrier over the wetlands behind Polaris school was a highlight of our field trip on the Lake-to-Lake trail. See report here.

February 12, 2011 The Sandy Ridge meadow was deep in snow and wind stirred up snow-devils. See report here.

Sunday, January 23, 2011 On this bright icy arctic day, the warm water from the Avon Power Plant brought hundreds of ducks and geese in toward the shore. See report here.

December 26, 2010 WCAS Lakewood Christmas Bird Count. With temperatures hovering in the mid to lower 20’s and overcast skies one would think this would not be a bad winter day.  It was the wind that made it tough, not only on the CBC participants, but on the birds as well. See report here.

Fox Sparrow © Page Stephens

Turkey Hen with chicks © Dave Lewis

November 13, 2010 Wellington is a great place for waterfowl. The highlight of this field trip was the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in the Wellington Upland Reservoir.  See report here.

October 13, 2010 WCAS Survey of land parcel at Seneca Golf Course. We found lots of birds and a few interesting finds. See report here.

October 9 & 10, 2010 WCAS and OOS visited Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (Dike 14). See report here

October 10, 2010 Pine Siskins were a highlight of a walk that began with a Bald Eagle soaring over Lake ErieSee report here.

Immature Red-tailed Hawk
©Georges D'Arras

September 11, 2010  We enjoyed a cool sunny day. Six species of warblers flitted in the trees. See report here.

August 14, 2010 Winous Point WCAS birders visited Winous Point Shooting Club for shorebird banding by Tom Bartlett and his USGS team. See report here.

July 11, 2010 Plum Creek Reservation Lots of good birds and birders. Terrific field trip lead by Terri Martincic. See report here.

June 13, 2010 Bradley Woods At Bradley Woods on a damp morning, we enjoyed a visit to the impoundment which has become part of Bradley Woods Reservation. See report here

June 4 & 5, 2010 UltraWalk/Bird Stan walked 60 miles!! See report here.

Boxed Turtle
Box Turtle © Mary Anne Romito
Coopers Hawk © Carla Biggert
Coopers Hawk © Carla Biggert

May 23, 2010 Lake View Cemetery A Wood Thrush high in a tree, and multiple Baltimore Orioles put on a beautiful show. See report here.

April 10, 2010  South Mastick. A Bald Eagle perched by the river, offering a close-up look. See report here.

March 22, 2010 Cleveland Zoo. WCAS explored the possibilities of a Bird Trail at the Zoo. See report here.

March 20, 2010 Lakeview Park in Lorain With the Rose Café just ready to open after renovations, we were able to bird from inside as well as outside. See report here.

White-breasted Nuthatch © Georges Darris
White-breasted Nuthatch © Georges Darris
Great Horned Owl with Chick © Penny OConnor
Great Horned Owl with chick © Penny O'Connor

February 14, 2010 Lake View Cemetery with Dick & Jean Hoffman. See report here.

January 10, 2010 Birders had a brilliantly sunny and cold day on the lakefront. It was our first winter field trip to the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. See report here.

December 27, 2009 What a fabulous Christmas Bird Count held on Sunday, December 27. See report here.

Ring-billed Gulls at Edgewater Marina. All photos © Brooke Meyer of Cary, NC.

November 7, 2009 Lighting was perfect for viewing waterfowl at Sandy Ridge. See report here.

October 4, 2009 Wendy Park was the field trip spot today for Western Cuyahoga Audubon. See report here.

September 13, 2009 Splendid blue skies made this a perfect day to be outside.  A visitor from Colorado was among the 21 birders at Canalway Center. See report here.

August 30, 2009 WCAS survey of Hinckley Twp property. See report here.

August 1, 2009 Ohio Prairie Nursery in Hiram, Ohio. See report here.

July 31, 2009 A special field to the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center in Cuyahoga Heights was an eye-opening experience for 18 WCAS friends. See report here.

July 18, 2009 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. See report here




Our Rocky River Eaglet is flying! © Lisa Romaniuk

July 5, 2009 WCAS survey of Hinckley Twp property. See report here

June 14, 2009 Hampton Hills. Alder Flycatchers did not disappoint!...The Yellow-breasted Chats were vocal, but never came out into the open. See report here

June 12, 2009. Follow the Swallows. Birding Buddies IBA favorite walk. Barn Swallows have built 14 nests and Cliff Swallows 7 on the Cedar Point Bridge. See report here.

June 2, 2009 Royalview Picnic with WCAS. Great company, Cardinal flowers for the taking (provided from Nancy's own yard) and excellent views of a Yellow-billed cuckoo made our day. See report here.

Canada Warbler © Dave Lewis

Osprey at Atwood © Mary Anne Romito

May 31, 2009 River Styx field trip. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird performed U-shaped courtship flights. Brown Thrashers and Field Sparrows flew about in pairs. See report here.

May 24, 2009 WCAS survey of Hinckley Twp property. See report here.

May 23, 2009 WCAS UltraWalk and UltraBird report here.

May 5, 2009 A lovely spring evening in Hinckley was the perfect time to look for woodcocks. See report here.

New yard bird in Cleveland, OH
(part of Rocky River Important Bird Area)
© Page Stephens

Lark Sparrow © Dave Lewis

April 18, 2009 WCAS visited Spencer Lake and Medina Raptor Center. Medina Raptor Center is an amazing facility, in its twentieth year. See report here.

April 5, 2009 WCAS and a member of Hinckley Township took an early springtime walk. See report here.

April 4, 2009 Birding Buddies IBA favorite walk.Six birders met by Mastick Woods Golf Course and walked the trail by the stables. See report.

March 22, 2009 It was our "larky" day. We went to several Lorain County locations. See field trip report here.

March 1, 2009 A few WCAS members met with a Hinckley Township representative to walk one of their properties. See report.

Eastern Screech Owl
©Dave Lewis

Proposed Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Wind Turbine. Click on picture to learn more.

February 8, 2009 Waterfowl were abundant in icy Lake Erie on this mild day at East 72nd Street. White-winged Crossbills prompted a side trip to Lake View Cemetery. Click here for a full report.

Tufted Titmouse © Dave Lewis

Hooded Merganser © Vic Macha

January 11, 2009 A storm the day before our trip blanketed the trail with soft deep snow to Lake Abram, but an amazing 23 birders showed up. Click here for details.

December 28, 2008 The Lakewood Christmas Bird Count was WINDY but warm for December. Despite the windy conditions, this was one of the best Christmas Counts with regard to the number of species seen.  Sixty-nine species were sighted the day of the CBC and four species during count week.   Click here for details.

Great Blue Heron & Black-crowned Night Heron
at Spitzer Marina © Hannah Lesiw

Winter Wren © Dave Lewis

November 9, 2008. Black River Audubon joined Western Cuyahoga Audubon for this trip to one of Northeast Ohio's prime birding spots. We were treated to eagles overhead. Click here for more.

November 2, 2008 A few WCAS members met with a Hinckley Township representative to walk one of their properties. See report.

Heron Rookery Bath, OH © Page Stephens

Juvenile Barn Swallow © Page Stephens

October 18, 2008. Monthly Morning with the Birds found high numbers of Pine Siskins. Read more.

October 5, 2008. Cool, sunny skies greeted 10 birders at Dike 14 on Sunday October 5, 2008. We spotted 49 species, including 8 warblers. Birds abound along the fences and in the Gordon Park picnic areas as well as in the nature preserve. Click here for a full report.

Solitary Sandpiper © Dave Lewis

Green Heron © Dave Lewis

September 7, 2008 In an on-and-off rain 18 birders enjoyed the rolling hills of Allardale, a former dairy farm, just south of Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation. Click here for details.

August 17, 2008 Fifteen birders enjoyed the formal gardens and shady wooded trails at Schoepfle Garden next to the peaceful Vermilion River. Click here for details.

Juvenile Turkey Vulture in Rocky River Reservation
© Mary Anne Romito

Black-necked Stlit in western Ohio
© Page Stephens

July 12, 2008 Birding in shady woods is the best way to spend a steamy summer morning!  WCAS joined the Rocky River Nature Center’s Monthly Morning with the Birds led by Dave Grasskemper. Click here for details.

June 14, 2008 The RR IBA Blitz was wonderful. Despite the rainy morning over 25 people participated. Groups, both large and small went out into 4 Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas (OBBAII) blocks. Click here for details.

We did it! We walked 31 miles for the Rocky River Important Bird Area © Penny O'Connor

May 24, 2008 The Ultra Walk for the Rocky River Important Bird Area. The number of participants is growing. This was our second annual Ultra Walk. We walked 31 miles! From Buzzards Roost in Hinckley to the Marina in Rocky River. We are raising money for the Rocky River Important Bird Area project. These funds will be used for funding graduate students who will analyze our data from our survey and to pay for the coordinator of our survey. Click here for pictures and a report.

May 17, 2008 WCAS and the Medina/Summit Chapter of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy met at the Top O' Ledges in Hinckley Reservation. We met a local private land owner who has a land conservation easement on her property. We also learned about other easements and we shared information about work WCAS is doing with the Rocky River Important Bird Area Forest Breeding Bird survey. Click here for detail.

April 26, 2008 WCAS and the Native Plant Society had a wonderful spring day filled with early spring wild flowers and early spring migrating birds at Bacon Woods in Lorain County. Click here for a report.

Trout Lily © Terri Martincic
Trout Lily © Terri Martincic

Wild Turkey © Vic Macha

March 15, 2008. WCAS and the Lorain County Metroparks met at Sandy Ridge Reservation. Great surprises awaited them. Click here for details.

February 17, 2008. This trip was just plain FUN. Seventeen people gathered for a great time at the Cleveland Zoo and Rainforest. Click here for details.

February 2, 2008 Forty hardy souls braved the icy weather to see gulls along the Cleveland Lakefront at East 72 St. Click here for details.

January 26, 2008. Greater Akron Audubon and Western Cuyahoga Audubon joined forces and took on Horseshoe Pond trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 25 members attended. Click here for details.

Ross's Goose at Links Golf Course on Lakewood Christmas Bird Count
© Dave Lewis

December 29, 2007. The Lakewood Christmas Bird Count had chilly but dry weather. We even got a new species for our count. See details here. There's a few pictures from our December silent auction too.

November 10, 2007. A brisk November day in the 40's turned out to be quite a lovely day in Wellington, Ohio as 37 members of Western Cuyahoga Audubon and Black River Audubon met and walked the trails behind the new Visitors Center. Click here for details.

Monarch butterflies resting during migration at Dike 14 © Dave Lewis
A whole slew of Monarchs © Dave Lewis 
Viceroy butterfly at Dike 14 © Mary Anne Romito
Viceroy © Dave Lewis 
Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillar
Monarch & caterpillar © Dave Lewis

October 14, 2007 WCAS visited Wendy Park at Whiskey Island. Dave and Laurie our leaders, picked the perfect day. The weather was chilly to start, but warmed up nicely. The road into Wendy Park is set to close October 16, 2007 through April 15, 2008 for repairs. Boy were we lucky! Click here for pictures and report.

September 23, 2007 was Scenic Sunday at the Nature Preserve at Dike 14. Four members of WCAS staffed a table and talked to the public about the merits of having a natural area in downtown Cleveland. We also kept track of the birds we saw from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Click here for a list.

September 15, 2007 A chilly, windy morning greeted 20 WCAS members for the Dike 14 field trip on Saturday, September 15. Click here for details.

Juvenile Cardinal © Hannah Lesiw
Male Eastern Bluebird feeding young © Joanne DuMound

August 18, 2007, you couldn't have asked for nicer weather. The sun was out, the sky was blue and just a slight breeze. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was the place to be. Click here for details. Click here for details.

July 14, 2007 was a great day. The weather was pleasant and just slightly cool. Up in Whipps Ledges nesting birds were singing. Click here for details.

Scarlet Tanager © Miles Reed Male Hooded Warbler feeding chicks including one cowbird © Miles Reed
Sedge Wren © Miles Reed Chestnut-sided Warbler © Miles Reed

June 24, 2007 Chris & Chad Saladin met eleven WCAS members and friends at the Hilliard Blvd. Bridge to show us the Peregrines. The group then went to the innerbelt nesting sight. For pictures and a report click here.

Downy Woodpecker showing tail spots © Page Stephans
Lesser Scaup © Dave Lewis

June 5, 2007. WCAS held it's annual June picnic at a new location, Royalview Picnic Area in Mill Stream Run Reservation. Twenty-three people attended. Click here for a full report.

May 26, 2007. Three of our WCAS supporters took the challenge to walk the entire 31.5 miles of the Rocky River Important Bird Area from the south end of Hinckley Reservation to the north end of the Rocky River Reservation. Click here for the story and a bird list from the support crew who followed the Rocky River IBA Walkers by car.

May 2007 Month-long. Birders who entered our birdathon saw a total of 95 species in the Rocky River Important Bird Area during May 2007.For details click here.

Wilson's Snipe © Dave Lewis
Ruby-throated Hummingbird on nest © Dave Lewis

May 5, 2007 Warblers are here. WCAS went to Shaker Lakes and found quite a few. Seven participates found 50 species. Click here for details.

May 1, 2007 we kicked off our Month-long Birdathon at Rocky River Nature Center with a walk before our regularly scheduled program. It was just a short walk around West Channel pond but a good time was had by all. Click here for a trip report.

April 21, 2007 was a bright sunny, crisp spring day at Sheldon's Marsh in Huron. Fourteen people came and enjoyed 59 species along the trails at the marsh. Click here for a trip report.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at RRNC 1/21/07 © Bill Deininger Hermit Thrush in Rocky River 1/21/07 © Bill Deininger
Pileated Woodpecker © Chris & Chad Saladin Pileated Woodpecker © Chris & Chad Saladin

March 31, 2007 was a special evening field trip to Sandy Ridge Reservation in Lorain. We had a great turn out both birds and birders. Click here for details.

Great Horned Owl © Terri Martincic
Tundra Swans at Coe Lake Jan. 2007 © Lou Stefanini

February 4, 2007 Twenty-six WCAS members and friends braved the COLD weather at E 72 St. to see gulls and other waterfowl. Click here for details.

January 20, 2007 WCAS and Greater Akron Audubon had a joint field trip to Bath Nature Preserve. The weather was sunny and crisp. Click here for details.

December 30, 2006 This was our annual Christmas Bird Count and Chili Luncheon. The weather was unseasonably warm and dry. Click here for details

Purple Sandpiper at Mentor © Bill Deininger Merlin @ Rocky River © Chris  & Chad Saladin

November 4, 2006 We had some surprises today. Ten birders came to West Creek Reservation in Parma and found 27 species. Click here for details.

October 8, 2006 Nancy Howell lead a great field trip to Columbia Reservation in Lorain County. To see the report and pictures click here.

October 1, 2006 Although it was not an official WCAS field, many WCAS members attended the OOS Sparrow Symposium field trip on Sunday, October 1, 2006. Click here for details.

September 24, 2006 Twenty seven attendees came to Dike 14 in downtown Cleveland to find 50 species of birds. Highlights were American Bittern, several birds of prey as well as several warblers and sparrows. Click here for details.

August 12, 2006 Six members and friends of WCAS came to Conneaut for shorebirds. Click here for details.

Wild Turkeys © Hannah Lesiw American Redstart © Dave Lewis

July 2, 2006 Bacon Woods in Lorain County was the place to be for nesting birds. A dozen birders including the Plain Dealer's Jim McCarty and his son, Bret were there. For details of our field trip, including a link to Jim's Aerial View review of our fieldtrip click here.

June 6, 2006 was WCAS's annual picnic and plant exchange. This year the event was held at South Mastick Picnic Area. Lots of plants were exchanged. We saw quite a few species of birds too. See the details here.

June 3, 2006 WCAS and Fireland's Land Conservancy took a joint field trip to Wendtwood. See the trip pictures and report here

Hairy Woodpecker © Dave Lewis Blue Jay © Dave Lewis

May 7, 2006 WCAS met Tim Krynak at Canal Way for a great Spring bird walk. See Terri Martincic's report and Dave Lewis's pictures of the field trip here.

April 16, 2006. Twenty-six people came to the first Spring Audubon Walk at Rocky River Nature Center. The weather was great for April. For details click here.

March 19, 2006. Fourteen people came to Lewis Road Riding Ring. Terri Martincic showed us a new trail where none of us had been. We came up with quite a few surprises. Click here for details.

Eastern Phoebe © Dave Lewis Cooper's Hawk © Dave Lewis

February 18, 2006 WCAS and Greater Mohican again teamed up to go on a joint field trip. This time we went to Killdeer Plains.. Craig Caldwell was there and reports: "Wicked cold and windy but, thankfully, sunny most of the day. Dave and Laurie stayed until about 4.  Dick and I and a photographer on assignment from "Glucose" magazine braved the whole day."  Click here for details.

February 5, 2006, WCAS members and friends went to Avon Lake Power Plant in very bitter weather. Afterwards we went to E. 72 St. in Cleveland. Larry Rosche, our leader pointed out the highlights: Thayer's Gull, Common Goldeneye. We had 11 attendees at Avon and later were joined by a half dozen more people at E. 72. At Avon we also saw a surfer and steelhead fishermen. We thought we were crazy to be out in that weather until we saw the other sportsmen. For details click here.

January 21, 2006, WCAS and Great Mohican Audubon made a trip to the The Wilds. Click here for details.

Short-eared Owl © Dave Lewis Golden Eagle © Dave Lewis

December 31, 2005, New Year's Eve. What a better way to celebrate than to get up early and go out with your friends and count birds on the last day of the year, then adjoin to Rocky River Nature Center for a Chili Luncheon. To see our Christmas Bird Count tally click here.

November 20, 2005 WCAS's field trip to Perry Park & Geneva State Park drew 23 participates and 24 species of birds. The highlight was a Cackling Goose. Click here for details and pictures.

October 2, 2005 WCAS went to Beyer's Pond and Isaac Lake in Middleburg Hts., OH. Fifteen people attended. Click here for details.


American Robin © Dave Lewis Pied-billed Grebe © Dave Lewis

September 11, 2005's field trip to West Creek Preserve in Parma, OH took us on new trails we've never traveled before. Fifteen people came and saw 40 species of birds. Click here for details.

August 27, 2005's second annual field trip to Conneaut produced 49 species. Highlights were 2 Willets and 3 Bald Eagles. Click here for details.

August 14, 2005's chimney swift roost watch in Berea was great fun. Some said it was better than watching TV. Click here for details.

July 2005's trip to Bath Reserve was terrific. Click here for details. Hope you can make it to one of our next field trips.

June 2005's trip to Wolf Creek turned out to be the first HOT field trip. Although the group was small in numbers, we had a great time. Click here for details.

Veery © Dave Lewis Red tailed Hawk © Dave Lewis

December 2004's Christmas Bird Count attendees counted 71 species during the count and 2 more during count week. We had five kinds of chili at our chili dinner/bird count. Click here for details and pictures.

November 2004's field trip along Cleveland's Lakefront from Rocky River Park to Avon Power Plant was attended by 55 enthusiastic birders. Click here for details.

October 2004's Big Sit at Ira Rd Trailhead  was more than just sitting. We met a lot of new friends. Click here for details.

Monarch & Milkweed © Dave Lewis Screech Owl © Dave Lewis

September 2004's field trip to Sandy Ridge was great fun. We had 28 birders and more than twice as many bird species. Click here for details.

August 2004's field trip to Conneaut brought out a record attendance of 50 birders. Click here for details.

July 2004's field trip to Bath Nature Reserve had several nice surprises. Click here for details.

June 2004's field trip to the Richfield Grasslands was a great trip. Seventeen people participated. Click here for pictures and list of species seen.

June 2004's Picnic and Birdwalk at Horseshoe Pond was a big success. Click here for details.

April 2004's field trip to Ira Rd in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park had a record number of participates. Click here for details.

February 2004's field trip to Mill Creek Falls was cold but beautiful. Click here for details.

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