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Bird Walk Report 


 
Event: ​Joint Field Trip with Kirtland Bird Club at Erie Street Cemetery and 
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Report 
Date: ​Sunday, October 7, 2018  
Time: ​8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Location:​​ Erie Street Cemetery, 2254 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44115 ​Map 
and continue to Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, 8701 Lakeshore 
Boulevard, Cleveland OH 44103 ​Map 
Leaders: ​Mary Anne Romito and Nancy Howell 
Target Species:​​ Fall Migration Species 
Results:​​ 35 Birders. 27 Species at ​Erie Street Cemetery ​& 45 Species at 
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve 

The October 7th Western Cuyahoga Field Trip was a joint trip in conjunction with the Kirtland
Bird Club led by Mary Anne Romito. Approximately 35 people attending the trip, starting at Erie
Street Cemetery in downtown Cleveland, then moving to the Cleveland Lakefront Nature
Preserve.

Foggy and overcast, not to mention poor lighting were the words to describe the morning, yet
participants had a great time. At Erie St. Cemetery we chatted with some of the participants
and it turned out that a couple from San Francisco, CA joined the trip. How did they know? The
pair were in Cleveland for The Wildlife Society conference that week and saw it on social media.
In addition, a volunteer with Lights Out Cleveland attended the field trip after her volunteer
duties downtown that started at 5:00 AM!

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Due to poor lighting a lot of this was heard “Was that a Tennessee Warbler?” and “I think that
was a House Sparrow, oh, nope it was a White-throated Sparrow”. It was nice when birds
perched on headstones, like the Eastern Phoebe or White-throated Sparrows, or foraged in the
grass as they were a lot easier to see. A total of 27 species was recorded from the cemetery and
White-throated Sparrows were the most numerous species. A nice smattering of other
sparrows, Lincoln’s, Song, Chipping and Dark-eyed Junco made the list. A few warbler species
were wheadled out by observant birders - Black and White, Blackpoll, Palm, Pine and
Black-throated Green.

Other notable species for the cemetery were Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Swainson’s and Wood Thrushes
and a Brown Thrasher.

Next, onto the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve … with the Cleveland Browns playing and
fans making their way to the Stadium or Muny Lot we thought traffic would be bad, but those
who headed to CLNP got through downtown with little delay.

Once at the preserve the skies still had not lightened up, but the fog had lifted. It is a good day
when going from the parking lot to the preserve entrance takes a long time. At the nature
preserve 43 species were totaled without the group going very far at all. Chipping sparrows and
White-crowned Sparrows were in the grass around the parking lot while Yellow-rumped
Warblers, both species of Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatches greeted us in the pine trees.
Numerous Northern Flickers and American Robins buzzed overhead as Blue Jays called in the
distance. Taking a left onto the trail, warblers and many other species began to appear with
some of the best viewing near a row of dying ash trees. With few leaves on the trees the birds
were easier to see. A Red-eyed Vireo and a couple of Blue-headed Vireos were sighted as were
Carolina and House Wrens. Kinglets bounced all over the place and our numbers may not
reflect how many there really were. Along with American Robins, the other thrush being seen
was the Swainson’s Thrush, feeding on small grapes and other fruits. Gray Catbirds and Brown
Thrashers, also fruit eaters, were noted. Additional sparrow species were found in the “weedy”
wet areas - Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows to be exact. Here is a list of the warblers that
were sighted among the group: Orange-crowned, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, Cape May,
Magnolia, Bay-Breasted, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Palm, Yellow-rumped and Black-throated
Green. Not too shabby. One of the more interesting species seen and cooperated so nicely by
perching for a long time on bare branches was a Scarlet Tanager. Everyone had the opportunity
to see it. Thanks to everyone’s sharp eyes and sharing what they saw it was a fun and
well-attended field trip. ​- Nancy Howell, Bird Walk Leader

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Bird List 

# Erie Street Cemetery Species Count

1. ​ ranta canadensis)
Canada Goose​ (B 1

2. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)​ (Columba livia domestica) 17

3. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ​(Sphyrapicus varius) 1

4. Downy Woodpecker​ (Picoides pubescens) 1

5. Eastern Wood Phoebe​ (Sayornis phoebe) 5

6. Red-breasted Nuthatch ​(Sitta canadensis) 1

7. Brown Creeper ​(Certhia americana) 2

8. Golden-crowned Kinglet​ (Regulus satrapa) 3

9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet ​(Regulus calendula) 3

10. Swainson's Thrush ​(Catharus ustulatus) 3

11. Wood Thrush ​(Hylocichla mustelina) 1

12. American Robin ​(Turdus migratorius) 1

13. Brown Thrasher ​(Toxostoma rufum) 1

14. European Starling​ (Sturnus vulgaris) 7

15. House Finch​ (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1

16. American Goldfinch​ (Spinus tristis) 1

17. Chipping Sparrow ​(Spizella passerina) 4

18. Dark-eyed Junco ​(Junco hyemalis) 6

19. White-throated Sparrow ​(Zonotrichia albicollis) 70

20. Song Sparrow ​(Melospiza melodia) 2

21. Lincoln's Sparrow ​(Melospiza lincolnii) 2

22. Black-and-white Warbler ​(Mniotilta varia) 2

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23. Blackpoll Warbler ​(Setophaga striata) 2

24. Palm Warbler​ (Setophaga palmarum) 1

25. Pine Warbler​ (Setophaga pinus) 1

26. Black-throated Green Warbler ​(Setophaga virens) 1

27. House Sparrow ​(Passer domesticus) 23

Bird List
# Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Species Count

1. Chimney Swift​ (Chaetura pelagica) 2

2. Killdeer​ (​Charadrius vociferus) 2

3. Double-crested Cormorant​ (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1

4. Great Blue Heron ​(Ardea herodias) 1

5. Belted Kingfisher​ (Megaceryle alcyon) 1

6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker​ (Sphyrapicus varius) 1

7. Red-bellied Woodpecker​ (Melanerpes carolinus) 2

8. Downy Woodpecker​ (Picoides pubescens) 2

9. Northern Flicker ​(Colaptes auratus) 8

10. Eastern Wood Phoebe​ (Sayornis phoebe) 2

11. Blue-headed Vireo ​(Vireo solitarius) 2

12. Red-eyed Vireo ​(Vireo olivaceus) 1

13. Blue Jay ​(Cyanocitta cristata) 6

14. Red-breasted Nuthatch ​(Sitta canadensis) 2

15. House Wren ​(Troglodytes aedon) 1

16. Carolina Wren​ (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1

17. Golden-crowned Kinglet ​(Regulus satrapa) 4

18. Ruby-crowned Kinglet ​(Regulus calendula) 6

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19. Swainson's Thrush ​(Catharus ustulatus) 1

20. American Robin ​(Turdus migratorius) 18

21. Gray Catbird​ (Dumetella carolinensis) 1

22. Brown Thrasher​ (Toxostoma rufum) 1

23. European Starling ​(Sturnus vulgaris) 22

24. House Finch ​(Haemorhous mexicanus) 1

25. American Goldfinch​ (Spinus tristis) 1

26. Chipping Sparrow ​(Spizella passerina) 1

27. White-crowned Sparrow ​(Zonotrichia leucophrys) 2

28. White-throated Sparrow ​(Zonotrichia albicollis) 1

29. Song Sparrow​ (Melospiza melodia) 2

30. 50 blackbird sp.

31. Orange-crowned Warbler ​(Vermivora celata) 1

32. Nashville Warbler ​(Leiothlypis ruficapilla) 2

33. Common Yellowthroat ​(Geothlypis trichas) 2

34. Cape May Warbler ​(Setophaga tigrina) 1

35. Magnolia Warbler​ (Setophaga magnolia) 1

36. Bay-breasted Warbler ​(Setophaga castanea) 3

37. Blackburnian Warbler​ (Setophaga fusca) 1

38. Blackpoll Warbler​ (Setophaga striata) 6

39. Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler​ (Setophaga castanea) 1

40. Palm Warbler ​(Setophaga palmarum) 3

41. Pine Warbler ​(Setophaga pinus) 1

42. Yellow-rumped Warbler ​(Setophaga coronata) 20

43. Black-throated Green Warbler​ (Setophaga virens) 2

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44. Scarlet Tanager​ (Piranga olivacea) 1

45. Northern Cardinal ​(Cardinalis cardinalis) 6

Photos 

Photo: Lake Erie Cemetery Birders by Mary Anne Romito. 

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Photo: Lake Erie Cemetery Birding by Kaoru Tsubone. 

 
Photo: White-throated Sparrow at Lake Erie Cemetery by Paul Carey. 

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Photo: Brown Thrasher at Lake Erie Cemetary by Paul Carey. 

Photo: Eastern Phoebe at Lake Erie Cemetery by Paul Carey. 

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Photo: Eastern Phoebe at Lake Erie Cemetery by Paul Carey. 

 
Photo: Lake Erie Cemetery Birding by Mary Anne Romito. 
 

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Photo: Checklist by Penny O’Connor. 
 

 
Photo: Cemetery Birding by Penny O’Connor. 
 

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Photo: Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Map by Mary Anne Romito. 
 

 
Photo: ​Female Scarlet Tanager at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve​​ ​by Sherrie DiFrancesco. 

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Photo: ​Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve​​ Birding by Mary Anne Romito. 
 

 
Photo: ​Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve​​ Birding by Mary Anne Romito. 
 

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Photo: ​Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve​​ Birding by Mary Anne Romito. 
 

 
Photo: ​Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve​​ Birding by Kaoru Tsubone. 

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Photo: ​Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve​​ Birding by Kaoru Tsubone. 
 

 
Photo: Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve​​ Birding by Penny O’Connor. 

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Photo: ​Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve​​ by Mary Anne Romito. 
 
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