This sign greets you as you walk out on the boardwalk of Lakeside, Ohio, a beautiful little town established in 1873 on the shores of Lake Erie. About half way between Toledo and Cleveland, the town is filled with historic places to stay. I wanted to stay at Hotel Lakeside, which in addition to being a National Historic Landmark built in 1875, is brimming with birders, but the joint was booked. Unfortunately, I wasn't sure I could make it to the symposium until last week, so when I called for a reservation, I found slim pickings. Luckily, an efficiency apartment in an equally old three-story house (with very impressive woodwork) became available...and I can see Hotel Lakeside from the back deck! I'm within walking distance to Hoover Auditorium and a block from Lake Erie, so it's all good.
Lake Erie at Marblehead Lighthouse...if I didn't
know better, I would think I was at the ocean.
...just beyond the Marblehead Lighthouse, the waves
were huge! Lake Erie is our shallowest Great Lake,
and can get rather choppy from what I hear...
I can't wait to meet lots of birders tomorrow and listen to all the wonderful speakers. It's so exciting! My mom and dad drove up behind me today and are staying with me tonight before moving on tomorrow. Rick and Matty...poor souls...will be spending a perfectly gorgeous day in Cincinnati in an ice rink where Matty will be playing hockey, so I'll be a solo birder. Although with all the birders around here, I'm sure I'll find someone to bird with. This evening I already met up with Heather, from Heather of the Hills, and her husband (remember my trip to Hocking Hills this summer where I visited with Heather?). I also briefly met Donald, from Donald the Birder, another Cincinnati birder!
Oh...Oh...a Lake Erie gull! Beautiful...
and flying right over my head!
Oh...Oh...a Lake Erie Cormorant! I saw lots of
these guys, and I love them. At one point a flock of
about 15 flew past...very fast...and very blurry.
Hopefully I'll find some nice birds to photograph tomorrow...or at least some nice birders talking about them!