Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
July 18, 2009
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.
Great Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
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