A Birder’s Guide To The Biggest Week

Kirtland's Warbler. Biggest Week 2012. Photo by Greg Miller

Northwest Ohio in May is…for the birds. No really. It is a very birdy place. It has been my favorite place to visit on the North American continent in May for more than 30 years. And I cannot wait to go back there again this May. It is home to one of the most amazing displays of bird migration. There are many migration hot spots in the East. Your home state probably has a few good areas. And maybe you have ticked all 37 species of eastern wood warblers that occur here in Northwest Ohio, seen all the thrushes, tanagers, buntings, and orioles (and many, many more species). So why visit Biggest Week? Aren't there huge crowds of people? Isn't it hard to find lodging and places to eat? Can't I see all those birds somewhere else? Even if you have all these birds, you should visit this area of Northwest Ohio at least once in your life and experience it for yourself. Yes. There are huge crowds. But with a little planning and patience, your experience should still be unforgettable–even if you don't enjoy big crowds. For lodging and food you should also plan ahead or you will find yourself 30 minutes (or more) away from the comforts and conveniences “civilization”.

Scarlet Tanager. Biggest Week 2012. Photo by Greg Miller

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The Dry Tortugas part II

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Bird movement was pretty significant on April 26, 2012 and many of the migrants showed up at “the drip”, a fresh-water fountain found inside Fort Jefferson.  The days in the Tortugas this year were quite memorable.  I spent hours watching … Continue reading

A Day On Kelley’s Island

Kelley’s Island is located in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.  It is a beautiful place and a wonderful place to relax.  I relaxed so hard today that all I have for a blog is some pictures.  Some of the day was spent watching Master Bird Bander Tom Bartlett on Long Point.  So until later (when I have unwound from all this relaxation), enjoy…

Nashville Warbler banding with Bartlett Kelleys Island 2011-05-19

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Biggest Week Event Draws To A Close

My final tally for this event was 187 species with only 30 species of warblers.  Combined with my trip to Shawnee St Forest in southern Ohio the week before the warbler total would be 36 species.  Ohio is certainly a great place to find warblers.

I’ll leave you with some pictures from the event.

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