The top bird of my first trip to Magee Marsh (Ohio) had to be the Northern Parula. I’ve seen this warbler several times before but usually in locations that required me to bend my neck well beyond its normal angle of comfort.
We had spotted one in between clusters of birders and I got a few good shots but further down the Magee Marsh Boardwalk we joined a large group of birders who definitely had “something good”. We followed the aim of a dozen cameras (with massively long lenses) and saw a Northern Parula shyly avoiding the cameras.
We stood on the outer edge of the group when suddenly, the bird fluttered right in front of us, and I fired away with my modest 100-400mm lens.
These are the looks of warblers that make Magee Marsh instantly a magical place to bird.