However, I managed to get home by 4pm, packed and on the road to Ohio. I arrived just after 5 pm, checked into a hotel, and decided to head to Maumee Bay State Park for the talk. Since it wasn't going to start for another 1.5 Hours, I decided to keep on driving down to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory to eat my dinner. Folks were leaving the area, as it was dinner time, but I drove in and pulled over alongside the main road next to the marsh. It was sunny, and mild, so I sat on the car hood and sipped a soda while listening to the marsh.
First bird I heard was the 'kiddick-kiddick-kiddick' of a Virginia Rail! A few moments later I heard the whinny of a Sora far off in the distance. A Spotted Sandpiper flew in and foraged just a few feet from the car. Barn Swallows were taking advantage of a late afternoon insect hatch and were swarming all around. I heard Yellow Warblers by the dozen wherever I turned. In only a few minutes of birding I was able to pick up some nice birds. Heading back toward MBSP I spotted an Osprey flying across the field toward Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Not bad.
I know I will!