There are numerous birds that can be seen and heard throughout the Cedar Bay area.
In 2007, Darlene Salter of Grey Owl Natural Heritage Consulting, completed “Birding the Northwest Trail Project.” This is an excerpt from her report that pertains to Cedar Bay (click on the bird name to link to the Audubon Society’s page which includes pictures and sounds):
Birds to look for at Cedar Bay:
Migratory birds: geese, ducks, hawks, shore birds, gulls, warblers, sparrows, blackbirds.
Wetland birds: Pie-billed Grebe, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, Short-eared Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle.
Lake birds: Common Loon, Double Crested Cormorant, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Tern, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Phoebe, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Song Sparrow.
Boreal forest birds: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Merlin, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Great Gray Owl, Boreal Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Common Nighthawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Gray Jay, Blue Jay, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak.
Don’t forget to join the annual ‘Owl Prowl‘ led by local birder Monika Orzechowska each spring during owl mating!