Monday, January 11, 2010

More "Cool" birding on the lake!

These are the smart gulls! This is the area where warm water flows out of our power plant.
Its the prime area for finding gulls in Cleveland in the winter. You just have to get past the smell of formerly frozen fish...

After the Western Cuyahoga Audubon walk at Dike 14, a few of us decided to check the lake front near the power plant for gulls and ducks. This warm water out flow is a magnet for water birds in the area. There are tons of fish that come to the surface of the warm water, then die in the icy cold for the ducks and gulls to feed on. I think there is a reason the fish are called "Smelt!"

As the lake is frozen out to about three miles right now, a spotting scope or a really powerful lens will be a necessity...and some grippy boots! The wind and waves coat the break walls in a thick layer of very slippery ice! Watch your optics! Warranties don't usually cover bouncing off rocks. Not to mention swimming isn't recommended this time of year...

Here's a few Canada Geese in the sauna!

Cleveland boaters are a special breed. I don't think they will be going anywhere for a while...

We see mostly Ring-billed Gulls. A lazy bunch were stealing the days catch from these Buffleheads!

This one is for my friend Chris in Iceland! It's an Iceland Gull of course! He's here for the sunshine I think...
You really should visit his blog, outstanding photos!

Also among the Ring-bills and Herring Gulls where a few Greater Black-backed Gulls.

Okay, get busy and name everything in this shot!
This is why birding on the frozen lake front is fun, there can be so many birds all crammed together!

And always a surprise out there.
In the back on the left is a Hooded Merganser, and in the right foreground in a Red-breasted Merganser.