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You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen. Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities.

Camp Wa-hoo Camping Grounds
(440) 934-4625
5504 Colorado Ave
Sheffield Lake, OH
 
Maple Grove Marina & Park
(440) 967-4525
1120 Vermilion Rd
Vermilion, OH
 
Maples Campground
(440) 926-3700
17273 Avon Belden Rd
Grafton, OH
 
Clare-mar Lakes Rv Sales Inc
(440) 647-3318
47571 New London Eastern Rd
Wellington, OH
 
Boy Scouts Camp Firelands
(440) 965-5703
13782 Gore Orphanage Rd
Wakeman, OH
 
Schaun Acres Campgrounds
(440) 775-7122
51468 State Route 303
Oberlin, OH
 
American Wilderness Campground
(800) 421-7116, (440) 926-3700
17273 Avon Belden Road Route 83
Grafton, OH
Number of Sites
150 Total Camp/RV Sites,150 Electric and Water,125 Full Hookups,45 Max RV Length,30 Pull-Thru Sites,100 Sideouts,75 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Boat Launch,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Playground,

Berlin Heights Holiday Park
(419) 588-2351
10902 State Route 113
Berlin Heights, OH
 
Clare-Mar Lakes Campground
(800) 421-7116, (440) 647-3318
47571 New London Eastern Road
Wellington, OH
Number of Sites
630 Total Camp/RV Sites,630 Electric and Water,40 Max RV Length,130 No Hookups,24 Pull-Thru Sites,3 Total Rental Units,
Amenities
Dump Station,Firewood,Group Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,RV Service/Repair,Showers,Store,Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,
Recreation
Basket Ball,Boating,Canoe Rentals,Fishing,Hay Rides,Pedal Boat Rentals,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Playground,Swimming - Lake,Theme Weekends,arcade/game room,

Panther Trails
(440) 647-5453
48081 Peck Wadsworth Rd
Wellington, OH
 

Learn the Basics to Bird Identification

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Bird Watching 101


By Maxye and Lou Henry

Have you always wondered how experienced birders can confidently identify birds with just a glimpse? This information from the Cornell University Lab or Ornithology will help you learn the identification skills you need by describing the characteristics birders pay particular attention to in the field.

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen.

Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities. As your observation skills improve, familiarize yourself with the field marks — colored or patterned areas on the bird's body, head, and wings — that help distinguish species.

Birds in the same general group often have the same body shape and proportions, although they may vary in size. Silhouette alone gives many clues to a bird's identity, allowing birders to assign a bird to the correct group or even the exact species.

Posture clues can help place a bird in its correct group. Watch an American robin, a common member of the thrush family, strut across a yard. Notice how it takes several steps, then adopts an alert, upright stance with its breast held forward. Other thrushes have similar postures, as do larks and shorebirds.

Once you have assigned a bird to its correct group, size can be a clue to its actual species. Be aware, though, that size can be difficult to determine in the field, especially under poor lighting conditions or at a distance. Size comparisons are most useful when the unknown bird is seen side-by-side with a familiar species. In the absence of that, you can use the sizes of well-known birds, such as the house sparrow, American robin and American crow, as references when trying to identify an unfamiliar bird.

Most birds fly in a straight line, flapping in a constant rhythm, but certain bird groups have characteristic flight patterns that can help identify them. Birds of prey may be identified by the characteristic way they hold their wings when viewed flying toward you.

In general, each species of bird occurs only within certain types of habitat. And each plant community — whether abandoned field, mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, desert or freshwater marsh, for instance — contains its own predictable assortment of birds. Learn which birds to expect in each habitat. You may be able to identify an unfamiliar bird by eliminating from consideration species that usually live in other habitats. (Be aware, though, that during spring and fall migration birds often settle down when they get tired and hungry, regardless of habitat.)

Here are some birding hotspots and the species most likely to be seen ...

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