Lake Erie Bird Club enjoys evening bird and wildflower walk

Twenty-three members and guests of the Lake Erie Bird Club met recently for an evening bird and wildflower walk at Greystone Nature Preserve, Bear Lake Road, Fredonia. Hosts Diane Clark and Bill Moran along with their friendly dog, “Bear” and 20 chickens greeted the guests. Terry Mosher led the walk on a beautiful spring evening.

Those attending saw and heard several birds including Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Mourning Doves, Wood Thrush, Yellow Warbler, House Wren, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbirds, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Towhee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Bobolink and Tennessee Warbler.

Mosher also pointed out several wildflowers including Canada mayflower, May apple, trout lilies, asters, Jack-in-the-pulpit, skunk cabbage and long-spurred violets. As the group was near the end of the walk, a lovely Scarlet Tanager perched in a tree for several minutes giving everyone excellent views of this beautiful bird. The hosts served refreshments.

Seventeen members of the club participated in the recent Buffalo Ornithological Society annul May bird count covering the area in Northern Chautauqua County. Members observed a total of 123 species of birds including 19 species of warblers. All seven of the area’s woodpeckers were reported. These include Red-headed, Red-bellied, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy, Hairy, Northern Flicker and Pileated. A great variety of birds were reported, including flycatchers, vireos, and thrushes.

Members continue to visit the Dunkirk Harbor area to observe the many Purple Martins nesting in boxes by the Conservation Club and DEC building at Point Gratiot. While there they also keep watch for Peregrine Falcons in hopes of finding one near the nesting platform installed on one of the smoke stacks at the power plant.

The next event for the club will be the picnic in August followed by the monthly meetings beginning in September. For additional information about the Lake Erie Bird Club please call Joanne Goetz at 673-1627.