Illinois Visitors and Magee Marsh Birding

The past two weeks have been a blur of visiting Illinoisans as family got together to visit the Ohio Birdfreaks for a bit of Easter and spring break fun. Eddie and Stacia stayed behind to keep an eye on the Illinois spring migrants and keep all the dogs in line. One of our outings included a trip to Magee Marsh and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. We could not have asked for better spring weather; it was more like summer!

There were plenty of birds including some Ohio firsts for those of us counting. Palm Warbler, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Great Egret, Northern Shoveler, Double-crested Cormorant to name a few.

A great thing about birding is that it can be enjoyed at any age and any level. We had three generations of birders out enjoying the day with great success. It doesn’t get any better than that.

More birdy areas should have a sign like this!!!
Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Of course, no trip that includes Lake Erie would be complete without some exploring. Dakota found an intact bird skull (species unknown) and nieces Allison and Sammie found some cool shells, beach glass and some cool insect shells.

Great Explorers
Allie, Dakota and Sammie

Good birding!

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