|Blackburnian Warbler. |
Once you have seen this bird, you are hopelessly hooked.
|Bird-in-your-hand birding. Crazy stuff!!!|
Photo provided by Julia Plummer.
Then, in swoops Scruffy the Black-capped Chickadee. The property owners, Robin and Gena, have the little guy trained to take seeds from hand. Imagine how exited folks from California were to see this! Black-capped Chickadees were a life bird for them one day, and the next day we are posing with a chickadee perched on our hand! Mind. Blown.
|American Redstart at Pipe Creek Wildlife Area|
|The Erie County trip with Tim Jasinski (far right.)|
Meeting people, learning from other guides, enjoying the great outdoors, oh yeah, and birds. Every day was different, every trip was wonderful! And when the birding was slow, patrons were likely to get introduced to some local plants!
|New friends from New Mexico: |
Roberta Winchester (almost my twin!) and Linda Rockwell.
It is also about sharing our love of Ohio's special places with travelers. I couldn't wait to get my friends from New Mexico on some gorgeous birds at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve in Huron, Ohio. One can hardly believe that few minutes after I took this shot, it started to snow in mid-May! Agh, Mother Nature, give us a break.
It is not all about warblers. This Red-headed Woodpecker (a non-migrant) made a huge impression as well. Even common-to-us birds, like Blue Jays are often a life bird to the visitors from the west coast. All of these birds are exciting and a part of our bigger ecosystem
Whether you are a new birder or some jaded, old life-lister, the Biggest Week had something for everybody: Curlew Sandpiper, Whip-poor-wil in your face, Kirtland's Warbler!
The Biggest Week in American Birding: Come for the birds, stay for the love.
Hi-diddle-dee-dee. It is a birder's life for me!