Our First Trip to Magee Marsh

Magee Marsh East Entrance Sign
The East Entrance to Magee Marsh

Each May, northern Ohio’s Magee Marsh is a magnet for birders who want to see a wide number of warblers and other migrants up close. Local Ohio birders make the trip even more worthwhile by throwing The Biggest Week in American Birding festival. It falls during the height of warbler migration, with all kinds of activities held at area birding hotspots. If you are a birder, it really is an awesome adventure.

The 2017 festival ran from May 5 through May 14. Jim and I traveled from Maryland to bird the area from May 6 until May 12. It was our first trip there. We saw so much and learned so much and got to see one hundred and one bird species (sixteen of them warblers.) During the trip we added twenty-seven new birds to our life list, including five warbler species.

This post is an account of what the experience was like for us as first-time visitors to the marsh and the festival, including logistics of staying in the area and visiting the marsh and other local birding hotspots. I also wrote a companion post on Photographing Birds at Magee Marsh.

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Spring Birds in the Yard

Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Here in central Maryland, while it has been feeling like summer lately, we have to remind ourselves that it is actually still spring. The yard has been lively, with quite a few interesting spring visitors over the past week. Most of them will not settle in to become yard regulars and will continue on their way within a day or two, but it sure is fun to watch them while they are here.

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