2013 Biggest Week in American Birding – part 4

Throngs of birders came to Northwest Ohio to catch a glimpse of the magical spectacle of birds on their epic journey from as far away as South America on their way to their breeding grounds in Canada. Birders here are on the famed boardwalk at Magee Marsh near Oak Harbor, Ohio.

The last day of Biggest Week was chilly with winds out if the North–not prime migration conditions. But, the cold wind kept the insect-eating warblers low and conditions for photography were excellent. This Cape May Warbler looks like it could have used an extra layer of clothing.

 

I was lucky to capture this Black-throated Green Warbler buzzing just inches past people's heads!

Prothonotary Warbler showing off for photographers and birders.

The Prothonotary Warbler entourage.

You can keep a list of warblers you see “on” the boardwalk like this pretty Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Magnolia Warblers always dazzle me. I can't seem to quit taking pictures of them.

Even the empidonax flycatchers were close. This Least Flycatcher is fluffed up to keep warm.

A little Common Yellowthroat popped up out of the marsh to check out what all the commotion was about. Oh. It's Biggest Week. And it dropped back into the reeds.

A rare Blanding's Turtle also made an appearance.

I could almost reach out and touch this female Black-and-white Warbler.

Speaking of close! I could not even use full zoom on this tiny Black-throated Green Warbler. Head shot!

It stuck around and posed as if it knew it was part of a photo shoot.

Birders were all bundled up in layers. But the birds have the same “clothes” on whether it is 35 degrees or 85 degrees. Nature is pretty amazing!

Even though numbers of birds were lower, the variety was good and the closeness of the birds made for a truly special experience.

I see birds. They're everywhere. (A movie reference–no, not The Big Year–for my movie-going friends)

A Pine Warbler shows in front of me and seems to say, “Hey, don't forget about me!”

A Wilson's Warbler gets in on the action, too.

This Chestnut-sided Warbler just barged right in front of the Wilson's Warbler. I'm working hard to keep up with the action!

Yellow-rumped Warblers are so numerous they get under-appreciated. This male is a stunner.

My favorite warbler (Blackburnian Warbler) doing some gymnastics in front of me. It wouldn't have to–it is an AWESOMELY BEAUTIFUL bird.

See what I mean? Just. Wow.

Another Magnolia Warbler. I couldn't resist another shot.

Just two colors, but a sharp-dressed bird (a music reference? Haha). This Black-and-white Warbler is singing.

Yet another Black-throated Green Warbler at point blank range.

And a puffed up American Redstart. Aww. I would give it my coat if it would help.

And to top things off, a charming Black-throated Blue Warbler.

You know what this day was? Christmas in May! The trees were decorated with these brightly-colored sprites. They were sparkling gems in an overcast chilly day. But their beauty brought warmth and joy to my heart. I love birds…

6 thoughts on “2013 Biggest Week in American Birding – part 4

  1. Greg your images are Wonderful and your comments are fun. By far my favorite post of the year! You are the best!

  2. Wow! Wow, love all your pictures, great shots!! I love the little Warblers, we don’t have the variety that you have in your area here in South Carolina. I found a Yellow-rumped Warbler under our rose ush this morning. She was quick.

    chcek out my one picture of her!

    Love your pictures!
    Michael
    Caught On Camera

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