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Monday, May 16, 2011

Biggest Week

We are back from our birding trip to the Biggest Week in American Birding.

We drove over 700 miles to Port Clinton, OH to see one of the hottest spots in the Western Hemisphere for warbler watching on their spring migration.

Magee Marsh has a mile of boardwalk and the birds are just fluttering among the trees and the ground litter feeding getting ready for their trip across Lake Erie to their northern breeding grounds.

(Remember you can click on the photo to enlarge it.)

The weather for the 4 days turned out to be great, we were afraid of bad weather since the forecast was for storms. We did have a couple of evening rains and drove home in rain.

We met our OH friends, Joyce and Dave whom we met in TX and did the Santa Ana Hawk Watch with, on Thursday afternoon.
We spotted 108 species over the 4 days, 27 warblers and 12 new species to add to our life list.
They are Whip-poor-will, Willow Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Veery, Bobolink, American Woodcock, Golden Wing Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Mourning Warbler and Canada Warbler.
At times, it seemed that there were more bird watchers and photographers then birds.
This was the 2nd year of the event even though birders have been coming to the marsh for years to watch the spring migration.

This is my typical shot of the birds, so I have deleted alot photos. The birds move around fast and I have not learned how to catch them. Ken is much better.

Can you find the bird? It's a Black throated Blue Warbler. I think I should have rotated the photo.

The Yellow Warblers will stay and nest here, like this one.

Can you find the Palm Warbler?

Saturday was International Migratory Bird Day so there were additional activities such as a raptor exhibit, a big sit fundraiser for Magee, family activities, book signings and song bird banding demos all to educate and get more people aware of the declining numbers of song birds because of loss of habitat.

We met Kenn Haufman who has written several guide books and his wife is the Exec. Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory a part of Magee Marsh.

We did take a little time to sight see as we wanted to photograph Marblehead Lighthouse.

We also enjoy finding more than birds to photograph!

There are more birding places in the area that we didn't take time to visit, guess we'll have to go back and take the RV and stay longer.

So many places and so many birds!!

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