Twelve birders from Jackson Audubon braved the rain and the cold on May 2 to visit Magee Marsh, east of Toledo. This location is generally a hotspot of warbler activity during the spring, but as I often say, “nature is not Disney.” You have good days and not so good days. While the group only saw five warblers, there were, as always, other highlights to the trip. Three vireos were counted and a whip-poor-will was lounging within view of the boardwalk. The high wind and the rain made for some difficult viewing and we stayed off the easternmost exposed portion of the boardwalk.
Some of the group continued to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to look for shorebirds. We were treated to a large flock of greater yellowlegs. In among the shorebirds was a group of American Pipits. We tried to council a killdeer against setting up her nest on the path to an observation tower but I don’t think she was listening.
Spring is a great time of year for bird watching. On the same day, I saw my first of year purple martins and likely last of season juncos. It reminds me how much I enjoy the change of the seasons and lets me pause to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Great Blue Heron
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Blue Warbler