Our (Stacia, Birdfreak, and Bella Nova) first full day visiting Jennie and Dakota we headed up to Lake Erie to get acquainted with the area, see some birds, and hang out by the lake. We first registered at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) for the Biggest Week in American Birding before getting started finding some birds.
The weather was chilly, cloudy and windy but we were determined to at least get a preview of the area and tour Ottawa NWR. After scouring the beach for rocks and sea glass we did the auto tour at Ottawa which was opened for the Biggest Week (smart thing on their part!). Some notable birds were nesting Trumpeter Swans, tons of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets, and a couple of Bald Eagles.
Thankfully, the weather improved quite a bit the next day when we hit the famous Magee Marsh Boardwalk!