The day after Shawnee State Forest we spent a couple of hours in the morning birding Delaware State Park. Delaware State Park is a massive area comprising a huge Campground that is comprised of four separate loops. There is a large Marina, Beach and numerous other spots to bird. We had many good birds at the park including Field and White-crowned Sparrows, more Orioles, lots of Yellow Warblers, Northern Flickers and more.
I decided about lunch time that our best bet was to head on up to Magee Marsh so we would have a good couple of hours to bird before it got dark. While it wasn’t super birdie at that time of the day I did manage a nice shot of a Carolina Wren.
OK … Let me talk a little about Magee Marsh and why it is Birders Heaven. Magee Marsh is situated on the Lake Erie Coast and all of the migrants that have flown from South/Central America end up stopping here to recharge their batteries before they head over to their breeding grounds in Canada. During migration a “Bad” day at Magee will allow you to see 15-20 Warbler Species, Vireos, Thrushes, Orioles, Grosbeaks, Sparrows +++. A good day is 20 -30 species of Warblers. I looked at Ken Kaufmann’s wonderful web site and there has been 35 out of the possible 36 Warbler Species seen so far this year and it has not even been a great year (yet).
I’ll be posting many more Warbler shots but after birding the boardwalk at Magee in the morning we took a drive around the Ottawa NWR. They have a 6-7 mile long road that goes around a variety of different impoundments. They have a series of impoundments that hold many Ducks and Shorebirds, so what we really were doing was just padding our list!
There is also a really nice boardwalk at Ottawa and we were fortunate to find a pair of Tuffted Titmice and this very cooperative Wood Thrush. What a first day we had at Magee marsh and surrounds. I think our list had grown to near 150 at this point and our week had just started … more tomorrow!
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