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Wrap up to an amazing trip

Redheaded Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

We had such a wonderful time visiting the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (aka Crane Creek) with seeing so many great birds and having the opportunity of meeting such great birders. I noticed that the Black Snake Bird Observatory’s Banders Blog reported (Friday 9 May) “We also had the pleasure of a few banders from New York and surrounding states. It is always a pleasure to have visiting researchers see our operation and share ideas and talk shop.” and then said . . . “For the day we had a total of 190 new birds including 30 species and 38 recaptures.” Can you believe they had 20 species of warblers that day??? I knew we should have stayed till they closed up nets! Anyways . . . . I would like to thank Kim Kaufman and the many staff members of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory who helped in making our visit so spectacular.


Kim Kaufman
Kim Kaufman, Young Naturalist J and I

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk

Least Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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34 responses

  1. Awesome! That is a fabulous photo of the woodpecker. You see so many cool birds that I barely even get a glimpse of as they fly on by.

    13 May 2008 at 9:35 pm

  2. Lisa at Greenbow

    I just love to see those little feathers that stick out at the base of the bill of flycatchers. I wonder if other birds have them but you just don’t see them in photos. I remember seeing them in person at a banding station. Such a memorable sight.

    13 May 2008 at 9:39 pm

  3. That was an amazing trip! I enjoyed the vicarious trip through your pictures. Thanks!

    13 May 2008 at 10:17 pm

  4. Bo

    Gorgeous woodpecker – so handsome in his red.

    13 May 2008 at 10:18 pm

  5. See?
    I kept telling bloggers that Ohio is AWESOME.

    13 May 2008 at 10:38 pm

  6. NatureShutterbug

    Absolutely wonderful photos – and birds.

    13 May 2008 at 10:48 pm

  7. Fantastic! What great pictures of such great birds. The Sharp-shinned Hawk looks smaller than I would have thought it would. The colors up close on those birds are brilliant. We barely get a glimpse of birds as they flit here and there so it is so interesting to see birds still so we cans see what they really look like. I just love seeing them.

    13 May 2008 at 10:52 pm

  8. Your blog is like a field guide for me…. even better! Photos are so crisp and full of detail. Thanks again for sharing… my favourite is the sharp-shinned hawk and not because he drew blood – I just have a weakness for raptors!

    14 May 2008 at 12:19 am

  9. Sounds like y’all had a wonderful experience and you definitely took some fantastic photos.

    14 May 2008 at 1:18 am

  10. ahh you have my favorite there. Ruby Crowned Kinglet.
    A very memorable trip. So glad you passed through PA. See ya soon

    14 May 2008 at 6:20 am

  11. Oh my. Just look at that red, red head! Such a great variety of birds. :c)

    14 May 2008 at 6:33 am

  12. @ Misti – thanks and I was soo excited to see it! Thanks
    @ Lisa – thanks and yes other birds do have them! Its for helping catch insects in flight!
    @ Rondi – thanks and it sure was!
    @ Bo – thanks
    @ Susan – yes, you are right that Ohio is Awesome! We spend the one day banding and never really had the chance to get out to bird!
    @ NatureShutterbug – thanks
    @ Linda – thanks and seeing the birds up close is a wonderful experience!
    @ Pinar – thanks and wish I had more time to write about each bird! Raptors are great for sure!
    @ Marvin – we did have a great time! Thanks
    @ toni – we had a large variety and we had a blast in PA!
    @ Jayne – thanks and the Red-headed Woodpecker is a great bird!

    14 May 2008 at 7:19 am

  13. When I clicked on your blog that Red-headed woodpecker nearly knocked my socks off (hee-hee)! Gorgeous up close photos! What a trip you had!

    14 May 2008 at 9:04 am

  14. Sounds fantastic – and this is an open banding thing that anyone can go to?

    14 May 2008 at 9:27 am

  15. That Red-headed Woodpecker shot is SUPERB!

    Kim Kaufman is such a wonderful person and is a leading force for getting kids into birding, much like you Mon@rch.

    14 May 2008 at 9:39 am

  16. What fun. Interesting color on the Ruby-crowned’s feet. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed that before!

    14 May 2008 at 10:17 am

  17. Oh I forgot, I wanted to ask you which lens you are using for these wonderful bird pics!

    14 May 2008 at 10:18 am

  18. Marg

    What great shots Tom-I enjoyed these visits with you 😀

    14 May 2008 at 11:47 am

  19. Great shots as always! I have a couple of shots from Rimrock over by Kinzua on my blog right now, but nothing as stunning as yours. I meant to ask if you saw the baby Horned Owls when you were at Presque Isle over the weekend? We stopped by yesterday. They’re adorable!

    14 May 2008 at 4:38 pm

  20. I love all of the birdies, but the red-headed woodpecker is awesome, Tom! Glad you had such a great time!

    14 May 2008 at 5:58 pm

  21. I would love to see the red headed woodpecker – they are supppose to be in Michigan, but no luck yet. Your photos are wonderful as always and seems to be of the birds that I most want to see!

    14 May 2008 at 8:03 pm

  22. Grace

    Love seeing the Least Flycatcher. I hear them yell Che-BECK, but they are always just a silhouette against the light.

    15 May 2008 at 1:04 am

  23. Do I have to say it again? 😉 Gorgeous shots. I especially love your sharpshinned hawk & that lovely redheaded woodpecker. Now that would be a big time lifer for me! I’m so glad I get to watch your birdfeeder and your numerous trips to these nets. You take brilliant shots of absolutely gorgeous birds! (p.s. remind Nat J to post on his blog I miss his perspective on the birds!)

    15 May 2008 at 12:03 pm

  24. Oh my word look at that beauty..that red head! I’m partial to red heads as I have two of my own…umm back to the bird species…you must have been on cloud nine capturing images of all those birds!! I can only dream…I shouldn’t compalin I’ve had many a visitor since arriving home and filling up my bird feeders! Happy birding!!

    15 May 2008 at 1:26 pm

  25. Fantastic bird photos. I don’t think I will ever get any that good with my camera.

    15 May 2008 at 4:16 pm

  26. winterwoman

    I am really impressed with the photos you are getting. Are these all with your new camera? Or are some with your point and shoot?

    15 May 2008 at 7:58 pm

  27. Boy y-you can’t beat those photos! I especially enjoyed seeing the Red-headed Woodpecker. Kim Kaufman? Is that Ken Kaufman’s wife? Cool!

    15 May 2008 at 8:20 pm

  28. Love that red-headed; I haven’t seen one in years! Crown Point NY Banding Station is slow so far this year. He’s hoping for a break in the too-nice weather.

    15 May 2008 at 10:42 pm

  29. floweret

    Oh Wow!! Lovely birds!! Sharp-shinned hawk looks beautiful! Can’t really see one of those here where I live.. ='( haha

    15 May 2008 at 11:22 pm

  30. Mel

    20 species of warblers in one day???
    Beautiful pictures! What a trip! 🙂

    16 May 2008 at 10:37 am

  31. Fantastic images as always Monarch! I Love the Red~headed woodpecker capture!! And the image of the flycatcher is amazing~what fabulous color!
    Enjoy the weekend!

    16 May 2008 at 8:19 pm

  32. @ Bird Girl – Thanks and they are fun birds!
    @ Marty- Thanks and this is by appointment.
    @ Birdfreak – thanks and Kim is a wonderful person!
    @ Rurality – thanks and they are so tiny . . . easily missed! I was using the 100×400 with D300 and my point and shoot!
    @ Marg – thanks and I enjoyed them also!
    @ Amy – thanks and I did see the baby owls and I believe I uploaded the picture onto flickr!
    @ Pam – thanks and I always try to have a good time!
    @ Shelley – thanks and we don’t normally get to see them around.
    @ Grace – Che-beck! LOL
    @ Aullori – Thanks and he is grounded from his computer . . . . but I did see he sneek in the pictures he took from the trip on flickr!
    @ Naturegirl – thanks and was on cloud nine! Thanks!
    @ Joan – Thanks and sure you would!
    @ Jen – thanks and I am using both! I am very happy with the colors that I am getting with the D300!
    @ Larry – Thanks and we had fun! Yes, that is his wife!
    @ Zen – thanks and I normally get to see them once a year!
    @ Floweret – thanks and it was a great bird!
    @ Mel – thanks but we only saw 17 species! We should have stayed longer for all 20!
    @ Catherine – thanks and enjoyed all these guys!

    16 May 2008 at 11:27 pm

  33. I’m just getting caught up – I loved your series of posts from your trip, what a fantastic set of birds you were able to observe up close!

    22 May 2008 at 11:24 am

  34. WOW — love that Red-Headed Woodpecker picture!

    23 May 2008 at 10:44 am

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