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Magee Marsh Wildlife Area


Wonderful Warblers

May arrived with great spring weather, and the world is lush and green once again. The lilacs, as well as the redbuds and dogwoods, are putting on a show for us. I hated to leave with such lovely weather in store and so many tasks on the to do list, but I had an out-of-town commitment this past weekend. I left last Thursday for a writer’s conference on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. The conference ended on Sunday morning. After a short ferry ride, I was back on the mainland by 9:30. Since I was only about 25 miles from Magee Marsh, where it just so happened the Biggest Week in American Birding was kicking off, guess what? I had to make a stop there before the long drive home.

The Magee Marsh Wildlife Area covers some 2,200 acres. Add to that several thousand acres of other protected marshes and coastal wetlands and you have almost 12,000 acres of diverse bird habitat. This unique and rich habitat is owned and managed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Magee Marsh is a must visit for many birders across the country and is a world-class birding destination. A visit during spring or fall migration and you can see why. With its proximity to Lake Erie migrating birds gather here to take a break, refuel and rest before continuing migration. Some 140 species have been documented as nesting in this area. This area is known as the Warbler Capital of the World.

The Big Week events are organized by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, and supported by many other organizations in the area. There is plenty of birding information available, a wide variety of free and paid events, tours and workshops, and if you’re looking for some new binoculars or other optics this is the place to see what’s out there.

Having heard about the spring migration and how many beautiful warblers one can see along the boardwalk, I knew I could not leave without a visit to Magee. Though there are thousands of acres that make up the area, the Magee Marsh Bird Trail, a mile-long boardwalk that rambles through a 34-acre section of swamp forest, is a hot spot for birders this time of year. I’d also heard the boardwalk would be elbow to elbow with enthusiastic birders and it certainly was.

 photo BlkBurnianWarb_zps033cecbb.jpgI couldn’t wait to set foot on the boardwalk. It’s easy to find the birds because twenty or thirty other birders already have their binoculars focused on them. When you spot a crowd with binoculars up, and all looking in the same direction, you know they’re looking at something. Everyone was eager to spread the word so a simple, “what are you seeing,” was answered with the bird identification and lots of pointing. Within the first ten feet of the boardwalk, I had my glasses focused on a magnificent blackburnian warbler. This handsome little warbler was only a few feet from the boardwalk gleaning the branches for insects. He put on quite a show for everyone watching.

As I meandered down the boardwalk, I felt a little out-of-place with my tiny camera which seemed more like a toy compared to the high-powered equipment in tow by so many of the other birders. I’m sure there were some fabulous photos taken. Even with my small camera I came away with a few shots good enough to show you what a thrill a stroll on the Magee Marsh boardwalk can be.

I could have stayed on the boardwalk for hours but had a long drive ahead of me so only stayed for about an hour and a half. It was great fun and so exciting to have so many of these fabulous birds darting amongst the vegetation at close range. There is so much more of the area to see including the marsh ponds where loads of waterfowl congregate. This is definitely one location I must return to when I have a couple of days to spend.

For more info on Magee Marsh visit: htpp://www.friendsofmageemarsh.org/birding.php

For more photos of warblers and to visit my website go to: www.hazelfreeman.com
Freelance Writer.


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