This week’s photo, taken May 13, 2013 at Magee Marsh in Ohio (east of Toledo along the shore of Lake Erie), features a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, just one of the many colorful gems known as warblers that rest and refuel here during spring migration before flying across the lake.
Laura and I are spending the week in northwest Ohio, to witness one of North America’s most impressive warbler migrations. This area is described as “The Warbler Capital of the World,” and after a few days here, I’m a believer. To put things in perspective: in San Diego, where I lived for many years until last fall, you would have an excellent warbler day if you saw 9-10 warbler species. In Seattle, my new home now, probably 5-6 warblers is considered a very good day. Tuesday at Magee Marsh in Ohio, I spotted 23 different warblers, and a local birder commented that he did not think Tuesday was an exceptionally good day.
Besides the phenomenal numbers, many of the warblers here hang out at eye level or lower, and some forage only a few feet from your face. If you need a warbler fix next April or May, consider a trip to Ohio (also consider Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada).