Today was just one of those days that you cannot describe. You must have witnessed it for yourself. I arrived at Wendy Park late…Around 8:30 a.m. The drive in to the park, down a long fenced corridor of grape vines and young cottonwoods was a hint of what was to come, with dozens of White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows scattering with yellowthroats, Yellow-rumps and Palms.
Arriving at the east end of Wendy, I started to circle and walk through the small field patches and was met with a dizzying horde of sparrows scattering at nearly every step I took. White-throated and White-crowned, Song, Swamp, Savannah, Lincoln’s Sparrows and a single Nelson’s. Scads of yellow-rumps, Palms, yellowthroats, Nashvilles, five Orange-crowns, Winter Wrens, Sedge and Marsh Wrens….. It was mind-boggling. A single Sora flushed right in front of me and I was beyond overjoyed as this was my biggest nemesis of the year for Cuyahoga County (#247 for 2012 in Cuyahoga). I cannot describe the numbers of sparrows, kinglets, creepers, thrushes, warblers packed into Wendy today. It was simply one of the best days I’ve ever witnessed and truly stunning and jaw-dropping.
Dike 14 was off the hook with incredible number of sparrows and warblers, kinglets, creepers, Red-breasted Nuthatches. No words can describe today. No words.
A few photos, of Hermit Thrushes and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet caught in vegetation (rescued) at Wendy Park today. Plus a female Purple Finch from Dike 14. Photos by JB