Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Biggest Week - Magee Marsh, Toussaint WIldlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Area, Metzgers Marsh

Well, the Biggest Week in birding has come and gone. These are some of my better pictures ( I think I took about 1,500) of the birds we saw. Not all are great, but some of these birds are just so beautiful, even the blurry pics are worth sharing. I have been fortunate to move within a 45 min drive of one of the most wonderful places to bird, Magee Marsh. For a full list of what we saw, scroll past the pictures.

Each spring thousands of birds migrate north. Along the way they stop, just south of Lake Erie at Magee Marsh and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to rest up before crossing the big lake. This pit stop allows thousands of birders like myself a close-up brief glimpse of these guys (and gals) as they make the long journey to their summer breeding grounds. Not only are they here en masse, but they are also very close to the ground making pictures and observation a lot more easy.

Also included are some other non-bird photos, snakes, turtles, rabbit and a sleeping raccoon. Some birds do stay here to breed and I did get a few nest pictures and some geese babies. Always love the babies!  I have to say my favorites are probably the owls and the eagles. The small birds are very colorful, but the big birds are just so awe-inspiring. 

I hope you enjoy. TVH

Birds seen during the big week:

  1. American Bittern
  2. Brewer's Blackbird
  3. Red-winged Blackbird
  4. Indigo Bunting
  5. Northern Cardinal
  6. Grey Catbird
  7. Black-capped Chickadee
  8. American Coot
  9. Double-Crested Cormorant
  10. Brown-headed Cowbird
  11. Sandhill Crane
  12. Brown Creeper
  13. American Crow
  14. Mourning Dove
  15. Ruddy Duck
  16. Wood Duck
  17. Bald Eagle
  18. Great Egret
  19. Snowy Egret
  20. House Finch
  21. Northern Flicker
  22. Great Crested Flycatcher
  23. Blue-grey gnatcatcher
  24. American Goldfinch
  25. Canada Goose
  26. Common Grackle
  27. Pied-billed Greibe
  28. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  29. American Herring Gull
  30. Bonaparte's Gull
  31. Ring-billed Gull
  32. Northern Harrier
  33. Red-tailed Hawk
  34. Great Blue Heron
  35. Green Heron
  36. Blue Jay
  37. American Kestral
  38. Killdeer
  39. Eastern Kingbird
  40. Belted Kingfisher
  41. Golden Crowned Kinglet
  42. Ruby Crowned Kinglet
  43. Mallard
  44. Hooded Merganser
  45. Northern Mockingbird
  46. Baltimore Oriole
  47. Ovenbird
  48. Eastern Screech Owl
  49. Great Horned Owl
  50. Long-eared Owl
  51. Eastern Phoebe
  52. American Redstart
  53. American Robin
  54. Solitary Sandpiper
  55. Spotted Sandpiper
  56. Northern Shoveler
  57. Pine Siskin
  58. Sora
  59. American Tree Sparrow
  60. Chirping Sparrow
  61. Fox Sparrow
  62. House Sparrow
  63. Lincoln's Sparrow
  64. Song Sparrow
  65. White-crowned Sparrow
  66. White-throated Sparrow
  67. Common Starling
  68. Barn Swallow
  69. Tree Swallow
  70. Mute Swan
  71. Trumpeter Swan
  72. Scarlet Tangier
  73. Blue Winged Teal
  74. Common Tern
  75. Hermit Thrush
  76. Tufted Titmouse
  77. Eastern Towhee
  78. Blue-headed Vireo
  79. Red-eyed Vireo
  80. Warbling Vireo
  81. White-eyed Vireo
  82. Turkey Vulture
  83. Bay-breasted Warbler
  84. Black-and-white Warbler
  85. Blackburnian Warbler
  86. Blackpoll Warbler
  87. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  88. Black-throated Green Warbler
  89. Blue-winged Warbler
  90. Canada Warbler
  91. Cape May Warbler
  92. Cerulean Warbler
  93. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  94. Golden-winged Warbler
  95. Hooded Warbler
  96. Magnolia Warbler
  97. Mourning Warbler
  98. Palm Warbler
  99. Yellow Warbler
  100. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  101. Louisiana Waterthrush
  102. Northern Waterthrush
  103. Eastern Whip-poor-will
  104. American Woodcock
  105. Downy Woodpecker
  106. Hairy Woodpecker
  107. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  108. Carolina Wren
  109. House Wren
  110. Common Yellowthroat
110 birds in 10 days. 131 birds for the year. 240 birds lifetime to date.

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