by Mark Schrull
3/4/2013 Lorain Ohio – It was a cold crisp morning with clear skies. This was the sunrise this morning over Lorain County.
Yesterday morning, Rhonda and I attended a water fowl bird walk at
Sandy Ridge Reservation – Part of the Lorain County Metro Park system.
Park manager and naturalist, Tim Fairweather, led the walk and was very knowledgeable about all the bird species and behaviors. The park is located at
6195 Otten Road in North Ridgeville Ohio. (440) 327-3626.
A Bald Eagle’s nest was observed from a distance. With binoculars we could see the mother eagle’s head and beak barely sticking out above the nest. Eagle nests are huge. This photo shows the nest from several hundred yards away.
A Red Bellied Woodpecker scurried around an old dead tree hunting for a meal. I thought at first sight it was a redheaded woodpecker; but our guide explained a redheaded woodpecker has more of a head hood then this bird.
The walk was splendid. It was cold yes, but the air was fresh and clean.
An engineered path way through the wet lands and small lakes gives you the sense of being on water, almost as if you were in a canoe or small row-boat with water on both sides. In the picture below you can see the walkway our group traversed.
Our guide brought along a very fine telescope on a tripod which he let everyone look through.
Here are some other pictures from our walk.
This is a very beautiful metro park and we will be visiting it again as spring comes along. Take your binoculars or a camera when you visit, you’ll be glad you did. Thanks again to our guide, Tim Fairweather. He really knows this park well.
My wife, partner and friend, Rhonda.
She is the better half of LifeInLorain.
As always, click on any image in these posts to Enlarge.
For more information on Sandy Ridge Reservation or the
Lorain County Metro Park System, click the link below.