Nothing in my prior birding experience prepared me for the crowds of birders on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh.
|Birders and more birders.|
On my first morning in Ohio I took a photography class from Christopher Taylor. I have followed him on Twitter for over four years, and I was delighted to meet him in person.
|Christopher Taylor (far right) and members of the photography group.|
|A Yellow Warbler hunts for insects in the leaves.|
|A Palm Warbler flies by.|
|A Hooded Warbler hides in the leaves.|
|A Prothonotary Warbler announces his presence.|
|A Black-throated Green Warbler sings from a branch above me.|
|The Northern Parula is one of the prettiest of the Warblers.|
|The Yellow-rumped Warbler at least was not a new bird for me.|
|I love the colors of the Chestnut-sided Warbler.|
|The Blackburnian Warbler is truly a stunning bird.|
|It was amazing to see many Magnolia Warblers flitting through the trees at eye level.|
|These Great-horned Owlets were almost ready to fledge.|
|A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks as if he wants to communicate with the birders …|
|… although his attention was probably focused on this lovely lady in the trees.|
|We were excited to see a lovely Scarlet Tanager.|
|Sharon Stiteler, the BirdChick, digiscoped an Eastern Screech Owl for me with my iPhone.|
|Birders. Lots and lots of birders.|
|Birding girlfriends Dawn Fine, Kelly Riccetti, Linda Rockwell, Sharon Stiteler and Debbie Miller on the boardwalk. Photo courtesy of Paul and Debbie Miller.|
|Kim Kaufman and Sharon Stiteler share a moment at Birds & Beers. It was a fun evening!|
Gunnar's song "Bird Party" became the unofficial anthem of The Biggest Week.
I cannot forget to mention the views from the patio of my rented house on Lake Erie. This is the patio overlooking Lake Erie.
|Patio of the Lake Erie house. Photo courtesy of Dawn Fine.|
The Biggest Week in American Birding is a spectacular festival. There are many fun things to do, many beautiful birds to see and many wonderful birders to meet. If you haven't been to Northwest Ohio for this festival, you should make plans to attend.
All photos © Linda Rockwell. Contact email@example.com for permission.