Last year on our way home from Magee Marsh, Cheryl and I stopped at this wonderful park for only half a day. I thought that this year we should spend a longer time exploring some of the spots we missed last year and it turned out to be a wonderful idea!
The first place we stopped in the park was on Pond Lick Road. Immediately upon opening the car windows we were surrounded by bird song. I love birding during the Spring when everyone is singing for love and territory! There were so many Blue-winged Warblers I lost track. They stay high in the trees so it was tough getting a real detailed shot but I did get a few nice ID shots.
We explored Pond Lick road some more and eventually got up to a stop where we had seen Yellow-breasted Chats last year. We again found a couple of them but couldn’t convince any to come very close. This bird is a real skulker and spends most of his time in the brush so any picture was acceptable.
We then entered new country for us. We stopped every couple of miles and at each spot had loads of birds. We had our first Thrushes in a Veery and a Swainsons Thrush. We had Indigo Buntings and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks … It was just a wonderfully birdie road.
The road we were on was forest road #2. It winds all around the mountain going up and down into some areas where we were right near a creek. In one of these areas Cheryl spied a nice Kentucky Warbler that didn’t sit still very long but I did manage a couple of shots. There are some Warblers that never go much further than the mountains of the Carolinas, Kentucky and Southern Ohio. This guy is one of them and it is rarely seen at Magee Marsh so I was thrilled to get him here!
The sum of our day can be seen in this Indigo Bunting. Everywhere we went birds were singing and the circle of life that this represents just has to put a smile on your face and your heart!
There is so much more I could share about this park … cool campgrounds, very cool lodge, cabins, reservoir and so much more and if you ever get to visit this park during the Spring you will be astonished at the beauty and diversity.