This could be the logo for Magee Marsh during warbler season, a foraging Blackburnian Warbler male:If you are a western birder, always promising yourself to try those eastern wood warblers, here is your chance. Magee Marsh, Ohio, mid-May, 2014. I will be the guide. This trip happens right after the crowds have left following the local birding festival. The birders will be gone but the birds linger on. They don’t read calendars.
This trip is sponsored by Golden Gate Audubon but is open to any birder. Dates: May 14 (arrive in Detroit and bird ’til dusk). May 15-16: all day in the field. May 17, bird in morning, depart in late afternoon from Detroit. Click here for details and price.
You will get at least 2 dozen warblers. Take a look:This Kentucky Warbler got a lot of attention. Uncommon, hard to see, a skulker, but an eyeful when he’s visible. This male Bay-breasted is one of the many beauties you’ll see each morning. Most of the trees have not fully leafed out so viewing is particularly good, and the males are all in fresh breeding plumage.Above is Golden-winged Warbler, not too likely to show up at your favorite migrant trap in California.
Below is female Cape May Warbler: The Black-throated Green was a sure thing every day on the boardwalk through the forest. And the Magnolia was equally common:
Black and White Warbler, abundant. Acts like a Brown Creeper, always on the trunk or limb of a tree.
Palm and Yellow Warblers were all around everyday.
Non-warblers will include:
This female American Woodcock was on her nest in the parking lot at Magee Marsh! She fledged four youngsters and then they all ran into the marshy forest and disappeared from sight. Eastern Screech-Owl sleeping through the click of the cameras.
Solitary Sandpiper in small marsh. Purple Martin.
Above: Resting Whip-poor-will.
There were no reports of this snapping turtle having removed any toes from any birder’s foot. He’s very slow on land:
WANT TO KNOW MORE. CLICK HERE FOR THE SERIES OF BLOGS I POSTED WHILE AT MAGEE MARSH LAST MAY. I am especially proud of my pictures of the Long-eared Owl and a cuckoo sneaking through the trees.