Next weekend is the biggest birding weekend of the year for me. It is International Migratory Bird Day (Weekend) and any birder who's anybody is in Ohio for birding at Magee Marsh and the surrounding area of north-west Ohio, along the Lake Erie shore.
Today, I celebrated the beginning of IMBD (week) by attending an early morning bird walk at East Fork Lake State Park. The trip was led by ranger/naturalist Linda, and the 8am walk was only attended by 4 early birds - Linda, myself, and a husband/wife couple. We got some terrific birds and never left sight of the visitor center.
My Trip List for the 90 minute walk:
Double-crested Cormorant (2 fly-over)
Tree Swallow (tons!)
Tufted Titmouse (HO = Heard Only)
Brown Thrasher (HO)
Cedar Waxwing (1; very odd not to see a flock)
Red-eyed Vireo (HO)
Northern Parula (HO)
Yellow Warbler (HO)
Eastern Towhee (HO)
White-throated Sparrow (HO)
Baltimore Oriole (2 building nests)
House Finch (HO)
32 total species
I also had a nice chat with Linda and was able to share some trivia and birding tips with the other couple. It was fun being the acknowledged "expert" of the walk, although I was quick to point out that, while I think I have finally broken into the Intermediate level of birding, I don't consider myself an expert by any means.