Each April, I make two trips to Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Magee Marsh in Ohio to spend time meeting with all of our amazing volunteers who serve as leaders and drivers for over 100 field trips during the festival. Once these meetings start, I know that both the festival and the warblers will be arriving very soon! Like any birder, I always find some time to sneak away during my trips and do a bit of birding.
During my time at the famous Magee Marsh boardwalk this past weekend, the area was full of typical early spring migrants such as Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, Fox Sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. There were also a few surprises, like a very early Ovenbird and a species I'd never seen at Magee Marsh before - Henslow's Sparrow!
|There were many Brown Creeper calling as I walked along the Boardwalk.|
|Hermit Thrushes foraged on the ground and seemed to ignore us as we walked along the Boardwalk.|
|My friend Brian captured this great shot of a very unusual Henslow's Sparrow on the Crane Creek Estuary Trail.|
|This Blanding's Turtle was a highlight of my weekend!|
I'm looking forward to heading back to Ohio in 2 weeks and seeing how much farther along migration is at that point. We are only 23 days away from The Biggest Week now! If you haven't registered yet, there's still time to join us at the biggest birding festival in the US. Click here for more details: http://www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com