Raindrops on roses and… Wait. That's some 1960's movie. But Biggest Week in American Birding is almost here. And really these little gems called warblers decorate the trees and fill the air with song. In short, they make me happy. Here are a few birds I got photos of in 2013. Enjoy! Continue reading
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. Continue reading
March 4-6, 2011
The 8th annual Adams County Amish Bird Symposium was held on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Although originally intended to attract Amish birders, the symposium now has more non Amish attendees from outside the county. About
300 people attended this one-day event this year. It was held in a large pallet warehouse on Wheat Ridge Rd near Dunkinsville, Ohio.
Many of the folks here were from the Cincinnati area, but a few had traveled some pretty long distances around flooded roads to reach this place. The symposium was well organized and everything ran smoothly. The speakers were all easy to listen to and had interesting programs. I was the first speaker of the day. I talked about my own birding big year as well as the book and the movie. The crowd was very responsive during the question and answer period after the presentation as I told about my failed canoe experience in the Everglades. Everyone had a good laugh at my antics. The day went quickly with all the good programs and there were vendors up and down both sides of the warehouse. Continue reading