Lake Medina

Lake Medina is a man-made reservoir that was once the primary water source for the city of Medina. Those days are past, and now the lake is a great place to see migratory waterfowl like this Spotted Sandpiper, Blue-winged Teal, and Bonaparte’s Gull.

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper / Lake Medina / 2021-04-20
Blue-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal / Medina Lake / 2021-04-20
Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull / Lake Medina / 2021-04-20

Birding the Kopf Family Reservation

Located in Avon Lake, this forested reservation is very suburban, but also has amazing birding for woodpeckers and other forest birds. People regularly count 10+ redheaded woodpeckers this time of year. This is a rare-encounter bird for me so it was exciting to see them. I easily completed the “Ohio Woodpecker Challenge”, a.k.a. when you see every species of woodpeckers native to Ohio in one outing.

Red-headed Woodpecker, Kopf Family Reservation, 2021-04-13
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Kopf Family Reservation, 2021-04-13
Pileated Woodpecker, Kopf Family Reservation, 2021-04-13

Hybrid Ducks

Waterfowl hybridize more than any other type of bird, and Mallards are some of the most prolific when it comes to this behavior. I saw this bird yesterday, and was confused (for a while) about whether it was a Mallard/American Black Duck hybrid or just an immature/nonbreeding male.

But then he stretched his wings out and I got a clear view of the speculum patch, which was bordered with white: a sure sign of a Mallard and not an American Black Duck, and thus this bird was not a hybrid after all.