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Outdoors with Big Daddy: Nature's Air Show

6:56 PM, Sep 3, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- As jets scream over downtown, other quieter flyers are taking to the air.

Thousands of people went to the Cleveland National Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport this weekend, and hundreds more hit the surrounding parks.

Those folks are armed with binoculars and sporting scopes and are looking for nature's air show -- migratory birds and butterflies.

About 10 days ago, social media birding sites reported a rare find in Ohio. A brown pelican was spotted at Atwood Lake in Carroll County.

It was probably blown off course by Hurricane Isaac. It was seen Labor Day morning at Huntington Reservation in Bay Village, flying east over Lake Erie.

Birder David Borgias, of Strongsville, has been chasing the bird.

"I heard about it at Atwood Lake, but I missed it by 15 minutes," Borgias said, about an earlier trip south. He didn't see it at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve but he did manage a few migratory warbler species.

Susan Gallagher is counting butterflies for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She's starting to see migrants as well.

"Monarchs are showing up, coming across the lake on their migration to Mexico," she said.

She has also seen Summer Azures, fiery skippers, and viceroys.

The nature preserve is an important outdoor resource located just east of downtown Cleveland. If you would like to learn more, follow the links provided.

If you'd like to check out the great birding Northeast Ohio has to offer, check out the Cleveland Metroparks website.

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