Patricia Rydzewski and I drove down to Crane Creek and Magee Marsh in NW Ohio look for warblers in anticipation for next week's start of the Biggest Week in American Birding festival. We were not disappointed.
Artemis Eyster, watched this little stunner put on a show just inches away on and next to the boardwalk. This same bird (presumed) has been entertaining visitors to the boardwalk for the past few days and almost seems attracted to the attention its been getting. I'll never tire of seeing Prothonotary Warblers...
As we returned toward our cars we passed several Eastern Phoebes, and a Blue-headed Vireo.
On the way out Patricia took a few moments to photograph the Bald Eagle pair nesting near the parking lot. We would spot two more pair of eagles before leaving the marsh, see another pair at Ottawa NWR, and four more as we entered Michigan.
We were only there for about 2.5 hours, but enjoyed ourselves immensely. I'm just itching to get back there, especially when more birds arrive in the coming weeks.
Hope to see you at the Biggest Week in American Birding, May 6 - 15, 2014!