Cleveland has much to offer, especially if you enjoy a bit of winter birding. This winter has proven, once again, Cleveland is the place to be. There are plenty of top-notch birders reporting their sightings and helping folks get fabulous "looks" at everything from gulls to owls.
Jim McCarty covers all the birding highlights in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cleveland Metropark's darling, Jen Brumfield, keeps us up to-date with stunning photos on her NorthNW / Lake Erie birding blog. Many of those photos are taken by our friend, Chuck Slusarczyk. Chuck's photos* capture the all excitement of a bird on the wing or a good fight over fish-scraps. Nobody does a better job catching in-flight shots and freezing those grand moments in perpetuity.
*ALL bird photos in this post are the property of Chuck Slusarczyk- and I thank him for allowing me to share them with you.
|Pomarine Jaeger is a rarely seen arctic bird.|
|The Pomarine Jaeger feeds on his ill-gotten goods.|
This aggressive pirate, whom Chuck has dubbed "Bruiser," is not above stealing meals from gulls. He is the bully of the flats. He will indiscriminately harass gulls and dive bomb unsuspecting waterfowl. He doesn't mind eating a rat or two, either. Think of a black wolf roaming amongst a field of sheep, and you are getting close to nailing his psychological profile.
|"Bruiser" the Pomarine Jaeger is the bad boy of the flats.|
|A glamour-shot of an Iceland/ Kumlien gull.|
of one of the many Snowy Owls seen this winter.
It is my good fortune to have Chuck as a friend and you can see many of his photos improving my program at the upcoming Shreve Migration Sensation. It it a mix of programs, vendors and wetland birding. Mark your calendars for March 29th, 2014 and head just south of Wooster, Ohio to Ohio's Amish country for this educational and fun filled event.
You can find the entire agenda and a list of speakers at http://www.shreveohio.com/migration-sensation or read this summary for more details. We sure hope to see you there!