Ten or more Muskegon County Nature Club members spent May 3-5 looking for birds at Magee Marsh, Crane Creek, and other areas along the Lake Erie shoreline east of Toledo. In total the group recorded more than 80 bird species (see list below).
Here are some of my photos from Magee Marsh plus two fantastic shots Thursday morning by Charlie DeWitt of a pair of battling flickers!
Snowy Egret May 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher May 3
White-throated Sparrow May 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler May 3
Snake May 3
Lesser Scaup May 3
Prothonotary Warbler May 4
Muskrat May 4 (Do the white eyes and muzzle mean he's old?)
American Woodcock May 5
"Just another Prothonotary Warbler" May 5
Leopard Frog puffing his song on May 5
The battle of Northern Flickers May 5 by Charlie DeWitt
"There's not enough room in Ohio for the two of us!"
Hopefully Charlie and Carol DeWitt will post more of their photos when they get a chance! - Ric
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American Coot, American Goldfinch, American Robin, American Woodcock, Bald Eagle (American also, of course), Baltimore Oriole, Barn Swallow, Black-and-White Warbler, Black-capped Chickadee, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Bonaparte's Gull, Brown Thrasher, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Goose, Caspian Tern, Chimney Swift, Common Grackle, Common Tern, Common Yellowthroat, Double-crested Cormorant, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, European Starling, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Great Egret, Hairy Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, House Wren, Killdeer, Lesser Scaup, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Nashville Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Northern Flicker, Northern Parula, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Ovenbird, Palm Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe, Prothonotary Warbler, Purple Martin, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Ring-billed Gull, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Sandhill Crane, Savannah Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Snowy Egret, Song Sparrow, Sora, Spotted Sandpiper, Swamp Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Trumpeter Swan, Turkey Vulture, Veery, Warbling Vireo, White-breasted Nuthatch, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Winter Wren, Wood Duck, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, an unidentified Empidonax Flycatcher and an unidentified Catharis thrush (Gray-cheeked/Swainson's).
Two of our non-birding members probably saw the Yellow-breasted Chat near the east end of the Magee Marsh boardwalk on Thursday morning too, but that's another story.