Birders flock to Ohio park to see rare waterfowl

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Bird-watchers flocked to a northeast Ohio park recently when word got out that a rarely seen bird was spotted there.

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Bird walk leader Rosann Kovalcik, right, 59, of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., helps Catherine McBrien, left, 11, of Avon, Ohio, with this spotting scope at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., on Saturday, March 22, 2014. More than 2 million Michiganians surveyed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 classified themselves as birdwatchers, outnumbering hunters and fishers. Birdwatching, or "birding" is the second-fastest-growing hobby in the United States after gardening, according to the report, which was released in December. And it's a lucrative hobby: In 2011, birders spent an estimated $41 billion on trip-related expenditures and equipment, adding an estimated $107 billion to the economy, the report said. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Todd McInturf)

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.