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  • At-A-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Local Resources
  • 21 - Gordon Park

    Lakefront Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks
    East 72nd Street at North Marginal

    216.881.8141

    Public Access

    Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Amenities

    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Picnic Area, Handicap Accessible Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 32'11.09"; W 81° 38'5.42"

    Driving Directions

    From I-90, exit at Martin Luther King Jr Drive. Turn left at Martin Luther King Boulevard. Take the first left. Park will be on the right.

    What to Look For

    This is the most popular wintertime birding destination on the Cleveland Lakefront. A nearby power plant pumps warm water into Lake Erie at this point, keeping open a sizeable area of open water even when the lake freezes. However, at this point the long-term future of the power plant is not known, and it may shut down, at least partially.

    The best birding is between East 55th Street and East 72nd Street; walkways make accessing this area easy. Huge numbers of gulls are often at one's fingertips; at least 15 species have been documented here. A variety of ducks occur, such as Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup, Common Mergander, Canvasback, and scoters.

    This area is always worth a look, and birding is often great between November and March. As open water conditions in mid-winter depend upon warm water discharges from the power plant, and such discharges are becoming less frequent, mid-winter birding conditions may not be as good as in past years. Nonetheless, this section of lakefront routinely draws large numbers of birds, and has a great track record for rarities.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    Rarer gulls occur with regularity, such as Little, Iceland, Glaucous, and Lesser Black-backed gulls, with occasional visits by Black-headed and California gulls and Black-legged Kittiwake. Purple Sandpiper and Red Phalarope are regular visitors, and sometimes a Snowy Owl puts on an appearance. Ohio's only record of Black Guillemot was here, from November 8-11, 1990. Brant, Northern Gannet, King Eider, and Red-necked and Eared grebes are some of the other rarities that have been encountered