Monday, May 15, 2017

Ohio Butterflies

American Lady Butterfly
While I was in the Lake Erie area near Magee Marsh it was cool and most days only warmed up to the low 60's.  Just as I was ready to return home to NJ the predicted temperatures were increasing and there was more sun in the afternoon.  My last day here saw an increase in the number of species and numbers within each species.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Silver-spotted Skipper


Ohio Birding ~ Ottawa NWR Wildlife Drive

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Eastern Kingbird



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ohio Birding ~ Magee Marsh Boardwalk

Yellow Warbler on nest

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
Olive-sided Flycatcher ~ Life Bird #435
Bald Eagle by nest.  Nests can weigh up to one ton.

Bald Eagle

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ohio Birding ~ Magee Marsh Estuary Trail

Scarlet Tanager

Bay-breasted Warbler 

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Screech Owl (#9 of the week)

Ohio Birding ~ Magee Marsh Boardwalk

Eastern Whip-poor-will ~ Life bird #434

Magnolia Warbler

Blue-headed Vireo
Whip-poor-will #2

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ohio Birding ~ Magee Marsh Boardwalk with Jenny

American Woodcock foraging

And another American Woodcock

Green Heron ~ Jenny's favorite


Can you find the turtle?

Bald Eagle feeding chick

Ohio Birding ~ Magee Marsh Nature Center Trail

Prothonotary Warbler

"Mommy, Feed Me" (Carolina Wren chick) 

Purple Martin

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ohio Birding ~ Ottawa NWR Wildlife Drive

Trumpeter Swan

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow coming out of nest 
Momma Screech Owl

Ohio Birding ~ Ottawa NWR ~ Life Bird #431 ~ Wilson's Pharalope

I run into my Brother-in-law, Bert who was also at the  birding festival.  He told Jenny & I where to find this rare bird that had arrived in this area.  Success for both us.

Ohio Birding ~ Ottawa NWR Boardwalk ~ Take Two (with Jenny)

Baltimore Oriole

Nashville Warbler ~ Life Bird #429

Rusty Blackbird ~ Life Bird #430

Swainson's Thrush

Eastern Phoebe

Barn Swallow nest building

Ohio Birding ~ Ottawa NWR, Ohio Boardwalk

Another day, another local boardwalk to be walked while waiting for jenny to finish a lecture.
House Wren

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

White-crowned Sparrow

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Huron, Ohio ~ Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

Wild Geraniums
While at the bird festival I arranged to meet and bird with a FB friend who camps in an RV.  We met online about a year ago when I was researching the possibility of purchasing a Cassita Rv to do some traveling around the country.  Jenny also happened to be a birder.  Today we decided to go to bird over in the Huron, Ohio area.

This Red-headed Woodpecker was among the 1/2 dozen we saw during the day.

Wood Duck ~ Drake