The last couple of weeks have been jam-packed with excitement for the birdwatchers and weedpickers in Ohio. After several days volunteering at the Biggest Week in American Birding, I met up with some botany friends and had an excellent time at Flora-Quest 2014.
|The boardwalk at Magee Marsh|
|Black-throated Green Warbler|
The sounds of Magee are my greatest pleasure. Listen to the waves and layers of bird calls. Don't be offended if I keep to myself, I do my best relaxing by just listening and taking it all in.
|Gooseberry in full bloom.|
|A Tennessee Warbler dips his beak in nectar.|
|Tree Swallow against a dramatic sky.|
|Veery rules the lower story.|
|A young rabbit feed near the boardwalk.|
|Moss covered logs are centers of activity.|
This mossy log was being utilized as a grocery store by the local female Red-wing Blackbird. I spent a full thirty minutes watching her work the shore line, turning leaves, checking under moss and generally acting if this was her regular territory. She owned this section of the woods. Even the non-warblers can be interesting to watch.
|There is a colorful new sign, but the same old magic awaits.|
After all, lack of habitat is exactly why Magee Marsh is one of the best places in Ohio to watch the spring migration. This magical woodland is a "migrant trap," being surrounded by lakes, marshes, and open corn fields. These birds zero-in on the best place possible to get a meal before they cross the lake on the final leg of their spring journey.
This is a sanctuary for the birds. And don't mind me if I quietly bask in my own little moment. Magee is sanctuary for those of us who find peace in nature, as well.