2 snakes, a bull frog, several snapping turtles…

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Chestnut Sided Warbler

As is our annual May tradition, the boy and I picked up his friend A, and drove out to Magee Marsh is Oak Harbor, Ohio, to participate in the great warbler bird migration. The only problem being, the much herald warblers decided to skip the event. Among the throngs of crowds there to see these elusive birds, there were a great number of theories as to why those birds were more elusive than usual. Some said the strong Springtime storms carried the birds over the Great Lakes; instead of giving them the

Blue Grey Gnat Catcher

chance to rest. Others noted our early Spring weather may have had a hand in changing the birds migratory patterns. Regardless the correct answer, the result remained the same. Warbler sightings were few and far between. At one point the boy lamented how in the first hour of “looking” they had only seen 2 snakes, a frog and several snapping turtles, causing him to rename the event The Great Amphibian Walk. Later, the boy spent twenty minutes trying to point out a bull frog to another man, which caused another to say in passing, “Things must be really bad if the only thing worth looking at is a bull frog…”

 

Palm Warbler

When all was said and done, while the number of birds we hoped to see were few, we still managed to enjoy our time together on the shores of Lake Erie. Oven bird

Black Throated Green Warbler


Blackburnian Warbler

However… fearing the early Spring weather had messed up the birds migratory patterns, I did manage to spend an afternoon earlier in the week, with my mother in law; snapping up pictures of many birds who had moved on by the time the the boy, A and I had arrived.  Here is a mixture of the beautiful birds who passed through my area on the way to their summer homes.

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Black Throated Blue Warbler


Prothonatory Warbler


Yellow Rumped Warbler

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