It was cool, overcast and drizzling, but it faired up by day break.
|View from the balcony. The snapped off tree is the one with the racoon, the large green tree had House Finches and the confers had an American Robins nest...|
|Panning right the marsh and pond could be seen.|
|Northern Cardinal, not only a looker, but a good singer too...|
|Male Common Yellowthroat, a common bird on this trip. Anywhere with wet ditches, ponds etc.|
After breakfast we headed off to our next stop near Toledo, 150 miles away, en route seeing 15 Wild Turkeys inc sev males all puffed out, 1 Red tailed Hawk and 10+ Turkey Vultures.
We headed straight on to our main sought after destination, the one we have read so much about since planning the trip way back in 2014, Magee Marsh and its famous boardwalk. We had three nights booked here to check out the sights and reserves in the area. As this is the annual 'Biggest Week in American Birding' festival the area was very busy indeed with several hundred birds of varying capabilities around. Luckily the places are all big areas, so it is possible to get away from any mobs and do some birding alone.
Magee has to be one of the easiest places to birdwatch. It is all done on either wooden boardwalks or hard surfaces looking into open woodland with a scrub understory for migrant birds arriving.
|The team arrive on the Magee boardwalk on a damp cold grey afternoon...|
|Protonotary Warblers are really this yellow.|
|Ruby crowned Kinglet, without a ruby crown.|
|This Veery shared a small patch of wood floor with a Grey cheeked Thrush, pity it wouldnt sit still for a photo too.|