Sunday marked the "official" ending of the Biggest Week in Birding. After another night of heavy rains the day brought heavy clouds and temperatures struggling to break 50F. Rain was still falling in NW Ohio, and wouldn't let up until after 10 am. I asked Robin if she'd be interested in making one last trip to Ohio and she jumped at the chance. So, we drove down and reached the east end of the Boardwalk at about 10:30 am.
I ran into Jack and Janet Volker just as we entered the boardwalk, and they reported a Black-throated Gray Warbler (female) found at the west entrance. I was heading that way, but decided that I couldn't pass up the chance at the beautiful birds presenting themselves just feet away. Crowds were heavy, but the birds were heavier. It would take almost an hour to reach the west end, but I didn't care. The lighting and birds were spectacular. It was also great to run into such folks as Cherise Charron, Jeff Bueking, and Linda Rockwell.
Even a Philadelphia Vireo!
Despite the festival being over, good birds will continue to move through the area for the next few weeks, so hopefully I can get back down there before leaves get too heavy.