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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Visit Stokes at Ottawa NWR, OH, May 12th

Blackburnian Warbler

Don and Lillian at entrance to Magee Marsh boardwalk

Magnolia Warbler

Boardwalk at Magee Marsh

Bay-breasted Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

We will be at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on the south shore of Lake Erie in Oak Harbor, OH, on Saturday May 12th from 1:30 to 3:30 for their beautiful new visitor's center grand opening. We will be signing books, such as our Stokes Field Guide to Birds and Stokes Field Guie To Warblers, and selling our Stokes complete line of binoculars. There will be special discounts and free ice cream as part of the celebration. It is also International Migratory Bird Day.
Ottawa NWR is next door to Crane Creek/Magee Marsh, top warbler watching hotspot and we will be on the boardwalk all that weekend watching all those warblers dripping from the trees. The boardwalk is right next to Lake Erie and runs through a small patch of trees. Inland is nothing but farm fields so the little patch of woodlands is the only good warbler habitat around. The warblers come there to rest and are hesitant to cross the big Lake Erie, so they stack up there in numbers. They wait for a favorable tail wind and clear skies to cross. You can see and photograph over 20-30 or more species of warblers under favorable conditions. Above are photographs of us there last year and some of the many photos of warblers I took.
So come see us!!

Warbler Photos © Lillian Stokes, 2007


Birdman said...

Were are some good places to look for warblers?

Lillian Stokes said...

Warbler migration occurs in April and May in the U.S. with the earliest warblers coming into the southern parts of the U.S in early April, then working their way north. The northern parts of the U.S. have warbler migration throughout May. Good places to see warblers are parks, river valleys, coastal woodlands and even your own backyard. Warbler "birding hotspots" are Cape May, NJ; Crane Creek/Magee Marsh OH; Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada; Central Park, NY; Mt. Auburn Cemetary, Boston, MA; High Island, TX; Dauphin Island, AL.