Sunday, June 10, 2018

Delving into the Neotropics

[December '17 & March '18. Panama & Costa Rica]

Surely, it is no exaggeration to claim that the birding crown jewels of North America are entirely dependent on the annual neotropical arrivals from Central and South America. A Spring without our warblers, tanagers or orioles? -- perish the thought!! 

It should come as no surprise, then, that this blogger was tempted to make his maiden foray into the American Tropics of Panama and Costa Rica in the winter of 2017/2018. And, in the next few posts we will attempt to highlight the richness of the birdlife in the neotropics.

Until then, here is a sampling of what the future posts will highlight:

So, stay tuned, dear readers, as we bring the locales, species and the stories behind the birds in future posts on this blog.

Friday, June 1, 2018

May is for Magee: Warblermania at Magee Marsh

[Magee Marsh, OH. May 2018]

If one died and went to Birding Heaven, it would look something like Magee Marsh on a good day. And, in 2018, there were many good days at Magee: warblers dripping off trees and shrubs, adorning the bare branches and twigs like precious jewels -- dozens of colorful species within touching distance oblivious to the crowds of mildly crazed but fully ecstatic humans peering through their high-end optics as they gaze in numb wonder at the unbelievable spectacle that only nature could conjure -- a feathered storm of neotropical delights that blankets the southern shores of Lake Erie in Northwestern Ohio in a glorious cornucopia of warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers.

What could ever be deemed adequate testament to this avian marvel? No words would suffice; and, no images could conceivably capture, the magical enormity of this unparalleled experience. And, yet we humbly offer our best attempt to share the highlights from Spring migration at Magee with the reader in this post.

We start with American Redstart:

Black-and-white Warbler:

Bay-breasted Warbler:

Blackpoll Warbler:

Black-throated Blue Warbler:

Black-throated Green Warbler:

Blackburnian Warbler:

Blue-winged Warbler:

Cape May Warbler:

Chestnut-sided Warbler:

Cerulean Warbler:

Canada Warbler:

Kentucky Warbler:

Magnolia Warbler:

Myrtle Warbler:

Northern Parula:

Nashville Warbler:


and Palm Warbler:

Prothonotary Warbler:

An occluded Pine Warbler:

Tennessee Warbler:

Wilson's Warbler:

and finally, Yellow Warbler:

Small wonder then that "May is for Magee" is an apt refrain that serves to highlight the fantastic warbler parade that passes through this fabled hotspot.