Birders Flock To Ohio Park To See Rare Waterfowl


UPDATED: Saturday March 29, 2014 11:30 AM

Bird-watchers flocked to a northeast Ohio park recently when word got out that a rarely seen bird was spotted there.

Birders turned out earlier this week following the sighting of a Eurasian Wigeon at the Sandy Ridge Reservation of the Lorain County Metroparks, west of Cleveland.

Sandy Ridge Senior Naturalist Tim Fairweather tells The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram that it's the first sighting at the park of the waterfowl, which typically settles across a vast region of the world that includes the British Isles, Scandinavia, eastern Siberia and northern China.

Bird-lovers started coming to the 310-acre wetland and wildlife preserve after the parks' senior naturalist posted on Facebook his first sighting of the red-headed Eurasian Wigeon on Sunday in the park's marsh-wetlands area.

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