winter bird watching
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North Chagrin Reservation is a great place to visit in all seasons, whether it’s Squire’s Castle for a picnic or trails for hiking or bird watching. And it’s nice to have facilities for cold winter weather, with the comfort of an indoor fireplace and oversized rocking chairs (while packing an educational punch, too).
Cleveland Metroparks describes the reservation as, since the 1920s, “a special combination of outdoor recreation areas and wildlife sanctuaries.” These two different facilities, the North Chagrin Nature Center, and, a snowy walk around the corner, the Nature Education Building, included not only watching birds, but animal tracks in the snow, milkweed pods, samples to explore from the natural world and more.
A window of walls in the Nature Education Building allows a clear view of the birdy feeding frenzy at several feeders. On the list this day: tufted titmouse, black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, female cardinal, a slew of sparrows, female house finch, American goldfinch, white-breasted nuthatch. And there was also a friendly staffer who commented on the chickadee that wanted inside, and flipped through a guidebook as we described the birdy-birdy-birdy call of cardinals and the chickadee’s call that sounds like the squeaky back and forth of a swing (in a good way, like childhood on a playground).
Do you have a favorite Cleveland-area spot to visit in all seasons?
North Chagrin Nature Center and Education Building Texture