Friday, September 16, 2011

Midwest Birding Symposium: Morning Update

Spent the morning at the legendary Magee Marsh with awesome people mentioned last night as well as a group of local volunteer guides, reps from Nikon and Field Guides and Alvaro Jaramillo.  It was a lot of fun, and made more fun by being able to see seven bird species for my first time ever!

One tree had three lifers in it: Tennessee WarblerBlackburnian WarblerEastern Wood-Pewee

There were American Redstarts and Nothern Parula in the tree at the same time, plus a few other species I see regularly.

Down the boardwalk a bit, I was able to see my first Yellow-billed Cuckoo...and I spotted it on my own.  It even had a caterpillar in its beak, so it was a classic experience.  Swainson's Thrushes and Gray Catbirds abounded in this very location, along with another life...and Black-throated Blue Warbler.

We later added a handful of Blackpoll Warblers.  Finally at the Magee Marsh Bird Center I observed my first Indigo Bunting.

What a start!!!  and all this before 9:30am.

(sorry no pics yet...I only brought a point-and-shoot and I didn't want to check baggage)


  1. Seven lifers in one morning? Fantastic! I'm jealous.

  2. Congrats on the life birds!!! There are more to come tomorrow! Good luck.

  3. Woo Hoo! You are off to a great start!