This chilly spring has been rough on birds, too.

Migrating birds, such as kinglets, warblers and sparrows, are waiting for southwest winds to make the journey north easier. So they’re still staging their trips south of us, said Tim Jasinski, wildlife rehabilitation specialist at Lake Erie Science & Nature Center in Bay Village. 

As of Friday, Cleveland still had two snowy owls on the runway of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Jasinski said.

Cleveland can next expect a southwest wind on Friday, according to cleveland.com meteorologist Kelly Reardon.

When they get a favorable wind, birds will fly to the shores of Lake Erie, where plenty of lakefront parks give them a perfect rest stop before flying about 30 miles over the lake, to Canada, for the summer.

Small birds fly at night, when the air is calmer.

Meanwhile, the Lake Erie Science & Nature Center is hosting the third annual Birds of Lake Erie Day on Saturday.

Birds of Lake Erie Day

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