Oak Harbor, Ohio 5/11/12
Last May I went up to northwestern Ohio, along the southern shore of Lake Erie for another birding festival called The Biggest Week In American Birding . The festival is put on by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory , with the proceeds going toward research, education, and conservation.
One of the premier locations for spring migrants is Magee Marsh . This area is well known among birders for being a stopover for many species of birds, especially warblers. It is a major attraction to both birds and birders, as it is a fantastic migrant trap .
I saw a few new species during my four hour stroll around the grounds. Unfortunately, many of the photos I shot were of poor image quality due to distance from the subject, low light, and a lack of clear views from all of the tree trunks, twigs, and leaves. The boardwalk was also packed with birders. While most of them were very friendly and willing to make room for everyone to see a good bird, at times it was just not possible to get in a good position for photography.
The European Starling is a permanent resident across much of the US and Canada. Breeding adults are " purplish-green iridescent with yellow beaks."
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This photoblog is my nature journal and travelogue. Many of my wildlife images were made in environments impacted by humans. My goal is to feature each animal in a way that allows the viewer to sense the essence of its life in the wild. The purpose of the accompanying narratives is to enhance awareness and appreciation of our natural world, as well as to inspire everyone to protect and care for it.