Banding in the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
Friday morning Young Naturalist J and I were invited to join the Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s “Navarre Marsh Migration Monitoring Banding Station” in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Last Sunday when we made the first plans to visit . . . . we never realized that this station was located on a National Wildlife Refuge and the hoops that we needed to go through to visit the banding station. I guess driving behind a Nuclear Power Plant to band birds requires some security issues to contend with. Without a doubt this adventure was well worth the hoopla because I ended up with 10 year birds (1 being a lifer) and Young Naturalist J ended up with 3 lifers on this trip!
Lucky we didn’t have any rain at the station but we had winds from the north coming off the lake. Not the best day for bird migrating (not big numbers of individuals) but we did have a nice diversity of species that made an appearance. Yep . . . we observed the staff band 17 species of warblers and many other amazing birds (which I will post soon)!!! Obviously I am not going to post all my pictures in one post . . . I will try milking this into 3 different post!! Below were my year/lifer warblers that I had at the banding station and I promise more great birds (and stories) to come soon!
I would like to thank all of the staff at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory for all their help in allowing us access into the banding station and the education/research that they are doing in the area.
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