Friday, May 12, 2023

Magee Marsh 2023

Spring mmigration at Magee Marsh on the shore of Lake Erie east of Toledo is a remarkable birding magnet. Large numbers of bird species migrate through this small wetland preserve each May, attracting birders from many parts of the country. We usually spend at least one day enjoying the beautiful woods and fantastic birds at the marsh (and I have posted about many of these birding trips). Beautiful weather made this year’s birding day even more special.

My Prettiest Birds

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Wood Duck

An eagle, not far from the nest.

Two eaglets in the nest.

Rose-Breasted Grossbeak

Scarlet Tanager

Screech Owl

Nesting Yellow Warbler

Another Yellow Warbler. Well over 30 species of warblers are commonly seen at Magee Marsh.

Baltimore Oriole

For detailed information on visiting Magee Marsh, and about the annual birding festival held there, see “Birding Magee Marsh,” the official website of the wildlife area.

Birders in their native habitat

Amish and Mennonite communities in Ohio have many active birders.
We saw this group of young men several times as we walked the boardwalk and the trails.
For information about Amish/Mennonite birders and their continuation of phone hotlines no longer
needed by the rest of the birding community, see this: “Where have all the rare bird alerts gone?

Photos © 2023 mae sander


My name is Erika. said...

This looks like you had a fun birding trip-and successful also. hugs-Erika

Jeanie said...

Wow -- I'm amazed there were any birds with that many people! You had some fabulous sightings!

Iris Flavia said...

"Birders in their native habitat" sure made me laugh!
We don´t have such birds here in the city...

Breathtaking said...

Hello Mae :=)
They are fabulous sightings, photos, and beautiful birds. The pretty nesting Yellow warbler is a lovely shot. The nest looks so soft and cosy. The stunning combo of orange and black plumage of the Baltamore Grossbeak is gorgeous, as is the Rose-breasted Grossbeak's red black and grey plumage. The Owl and WWoodpecker were great sightings. To me it would seem impossible to photograph any birds with he multitude of birders milling around for surely the birds would either fly away or stay hidden. Well done Mae for capturing so many fantastic birds.
All the best.

Linda said...

Great sightings, the eagles are returning to our area after many years of absence, lovely to see them gliding across the sky.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fabulous bird sightings! That really is a great place to see a nice variety of birds. I love the red headed's special. And any day you see an owl is a great day! Thanks for sharing!

thecuecard said...

Wow what gorgeous bird photos. Did you really see an owl?! The Red headed woodpecker is neat looking. We get bald eagles here ... majestic.

Debbie said...

this is absolutely amazing...i hope you can feel my excitement!! i have never seen a wood duck in a tree, it looks so interesting from that vantage point!! the image of the nesting yellow warbler is fantastic, talk about perfect timing, it is just so beautiful!! the oriole brought back sweet memories. i had one once, in my yard, at my feeders. it stayed all winter and we took very good care of it. it would watch us put food out for it...then swoop in when we were barely gone. then one day, it was gone!!

it's so nice to see young people interested in birds...

the eagles always steal the show!!

Adam Jones said...

So many wonderful bird images. The Woodpecker is my favourite though. Just stunning.

Vicki said...

Sounds like you had a great time, and your bird photos are beautiful!

I grew up in Columbus,Ohio and spent many days boating on Lake Erie. Most of my family still lives there. I am very familiar with Toledo and the Amish and Mennonite communities. Did you ever see the Longaberger Baskets in Dresden & Newark or the World's Largest Apple Basket in Frazeysburg, Ohio? They are quite amazing to see. Not sure all of them are still there though.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mae,
Your Magee Marsh images and birds are all beautiful. I enjoyed a visit there years ago with some birding friends, it was a great place to see the Orioles and the beautiful warblers. Sorry, I am late commenting! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great day and the rest of the week! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment!

Literary Feline said...

The photos of the birds are beautiful, Mae. You even got one of an owl! I love that so many people came out to see the birds. :-) Thank you for sharing!