Saturday, May 16, 2015

Magee Marsh Wave 3: Blackpoll, Tennessee, Orange-crowned and Wilson's Warblers

[Magee Marsh, OH. May 2015]

The Parade of Warblers continues at Magee Marsh -- joining the illustrious ranks of the already profiled species such as Blackburnian, Magnolia, and Cape May are new species such as Bay-breasted, Orange-crowned, Tennessee, Blackpoll and Wilson's.

First a warbler of earth tones -- Bay-breasted:
Bay-breasted Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
The champion of warbler migration, Blackpoll:


Blackpoll
Blackpoll
During the Biggest Week, crowds on the boardwalk are common and nothing acts more than a crowd magnet than the Blackburnian Warbler:


Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Cape May Warbler:
Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler:
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler:
Magnolia Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler seen on the Estuary Trail:
Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
The Tennessee Warbler was one of the loudest:
Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Like the Orange-crowned, the Wilson's is a passage migrant in the East but a breeder in the Western US:
Wilson'sWarbler
Wilson'sWarbler
  Finally, the familiar Yellow Warbler:
Yellow Warbler


There are many renowned avian spectacles in North America -- the congregation of Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache, the lekking of Grouse in the Great Plains, the huge flocks of Snow Geese migrating South, and to this list of breathtaking natural wonders, the position at the very top of the honor roll must surely belong to the unparalleled spectacle of neotropical Warbler migration at Magee Marsh.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Magee Marsh Wave 2: Warblers continued

[Magee Marsh, OH. May 2015]

In 1625, Francis Bacon, philosopher and Lord Chancellor of England, penned words to the effect "If the mountain won't come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain." 

Are we not reminded of this proverb every Spring, albeit somewhat transposed, as "If the birder won't come to the neotropics then the neotropics  must go to the birder." And, for proof that this proverb indeed rings true, look no further than these dazzling warblers observed at Magee Marsh:

Chestnut-sided Warbler:





 
Black-throated Blue Warbler:







Black-throated Green Warbler:




Black-and-white Warbler:




Magnolia Warbler:




Northern Waterthrush:




Yellow Warbler:




Monday, May 4, 2015

Magee Marsh Wave 1: Warblers in Passage

[Magee Marsh. Oak Harbor, OH. May 4th, 2015]

May the 4th is celebrated as "Star Wars Day" ("May the 4th be with you"); however, when it comes to Birding, a trip to Magee Marsh on the 4th of May offered proof that nothing is more scintillating than the spectacle of neotropical migration. 

This will be a running blogpost photo-documenting the warblers in passage at the world famous venue that is Magee Marsh in Oak Harbor, Ohio.


American Redstart

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Myrtle Warbler
Myrtle Warbler

Myrtle Warbler

Palm Warbler
Tuesday May 5th Observations:


Myrtle Warbler

Myrtle Warbler
Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler