Friday, September 5, 2014

Spotlight on a Hotspot: Magee Marsh

Many birders in the US are very familiar with Magee Marsh in Northwest Ohio as one of the best spring migration locations in the whole country. But what a lot of folks don't know is that it's also amazing for fall migration, and there aren't nearly as many people around.

Just like in the spring, the boardwalk at Magee Marsh can be hopping with migrants anytime during the month of September. Flycatchers, vireos, and warblers abound, and if the conditions are right at the end of the Crane Creek Estuary Trail, you can expect to find a good number of shorebirds. Although the warblers might not be as colorful in the fall, I love fall migration because there are so many more birds on the move. With all of the adults and this year's young heading south, the potential to see huge numbers of birds is very high.

Blackpoll Warblers can be seen at Magee Marsh as they make their long migration to South America.
Palm Warblers also frequent Magee Marsh in the fall.
Prothonotary Warblers breed at Magee Marsh, but they can also been seen throughout August and into early September.
I encourage everyone to check out Magee Marsh during the fall migration season! You can learn more about this location by visiting out NuttyBirder.com location guide for the property here, http://goo.gl/CIDS4M.

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