Monday, May 9, 2011

Biggest Week in American Birding

After work yesterday, my wife and I picked up my mom and headed up to Port Clinton to meet up with some friends for 3 days of birding in the Magee Marsh region of NW Ohio. It took us forever to get up here and we actually did not arrive until after midnight. We decided not to make it to the boardwalk at sunrise but instead to sleep in a little bit and head to Magee around 8.

When we arrived, we found the parking lot packed as expected due to the fact that we are here during the Biggest Week in American Birding. This is a very well attended festival and we saw license plates from all over the county including Alaska! There were a lot of people out birding but the boardwalk was far from the most crowded I have ever seen it.

It was not the best day for migrants but we were able to see 19 warbler species and ended the day with 86 species. The highlight of the day for me was seeing the Tricolored Heron at Metzger Marsh. This was the first time that I have ever seen one away from the ocean!

It was also fun to see some of my Ohio birding friends that I had not seen for awhile. I also met Dawn Fine, who I have been friends with on Facebook but had never had the chance to meet!

The following are a few of my favorite photos that my wife took while we were on the boardwalk today!

Eastern Screech-Owl

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Will I be seeing any of you on the boardwalk in the morning?


1 comment:

Alan Pulley said...

Sounds like a great day! I hope to go to that one day. Great warbler photos!