Magee Marsh Boardwalk
This is one of the entrances to the boardwalk at Magee Marsh, famous for viewing of migrating warbles and other songbirds. My visit there was during the annual bird festival there, called "The Biggest Week in American Birding".
This Scarlet Tanager was photographed at Pt. Pelee, Ontario, Canada. I liked his pose, looking back over his shoulder. He had just migrated across Lake Erie to Pt. Pelee, and was exhausted, perching low to the ground to rest.
Another bird we don't get in the west, this beautiful Scarlet Tanager was photographed at the tip of the point at Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada.
Another view of this very pretty warbler at Magee Marsh boardwalk.
This beautiful warbler was photographed at Magee Marsh in NW Ohio.
Another shot of this cute little Yellow Warbler, at the Magee Marsh boardwalk.
Magee Marsh calls itself "Warbler Capital of the World", and during May it is amazing. I saw about 25 species of warblers on this trip.
I didn't end up with many warbler pics, but this Yellow Warbler cooperated for its photo.
Blue-headed Vireo & Lunch
This pretty little vireo was photographed at Magee Marsh in NW Ohio.
Blue-throated Blue Warbler
A Magee Marsh warbler.
One of the target birds for a trip to NW Ohio, the Magee Marsh area, was the American Woodcock. Seven years ago I did this trip, and missed this bird. It is hard to find and even harder to photograph, so I was thrilled to "bag this bird" this time.
A view of this strange and sought-after bird from the boardwalk at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Ohio.
American Woodcock Close-Up
The woodcock has local nicknames, including Timberdoodle and Bog-Sucker. It hides in boggy forests, and uses its long bill to dig for bugs and other yummy bits.
American Woodcock Feeding
Photographing the woodcock is difficult because of the places they hide. This one was shot through much foliage, branches, twigs. Fortunately it was close enough to zoom in with my 300 mm lens, avoiding some of the obstructions.
The orioles were migrating into the area in NW Ohio during my visit there, and there were LOTS of them. One of the fun things about birding so far from home, is the chance to find birds that I usually can't see. This was one of those.
Eastern Screech Owl
This cute little owl was roosting in a tall tree along the trail from the nature center at Maumee State Park, Ohio.
Water, water everywhere, and green, green, green. Magee Marsh is just part of the swamp area, with large bodies of water all around. The forests are very green, and vines grow up on the trees. This is an example.
Great Crested Flycatcher
Not a great view, but this Great Crested Flycatcher was shot at Magee Marsh.
Red Headed Woodpecker
This woodpecker is the one we always saw in books as children, but I'd never see it, because I lived on the west coast. Always glad to be in Red Headed territory, it is such a flashy bird, flying or perched.
The birding festival attracted thousands of people to Magee Marsh, including some Amish birders.
Among the thousands of visitors to the area were numerous Amish birders.
Another bird that I seldom see, and on this trip I saw SO many. They skulk in the under brush, but were still very evident because of the numbers in migration.
One of the fairly common woodpeckers of the area. The red "belly" isn't always evident on this bird, despite the name.
This barn was one of the buildings on the Ottawa National Wildlife Area. It was the typical barn shape of the general area, and had the National Wildlife painted goose on it.