Back to Western Lake Erie

Friday and most of Saturday I got a chance to bird with fellow birder Nathan Madison.  We had a great time birding starting on Kelley’s Island Friday morning, birding Western Lake Erie Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and then finishing up at Mohican State Park Saturday afternoon.  The weather was very pleasant and birding was good.  Although the largest numbers of peak migration had already passed, we still had a decent variety of species with a total of 108 for our trip list.

It was Nathan’s first Spring trip to the famed Magee Marsh Bird Trail.  Many birds were up close and personal affording “Miller Views” (a Miller View is a crippling good look at a bird) of birds normally far harder to see in the tree tops.  Some birding highlights included Mourning Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and Gray-cheeked Thrush.  And below, I’ve included some pics from our trip.

Nathan Madison 1st trip to Magee Marsh 2011-05-21

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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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