The birding at Magee was ok from Thursday to Sunday. Actually, it depends on how you look at it. As far as species diversity, it was pretty good. There was a fair amount of Warblers but it definitely took some searching. This weekend, I noticed the spots where small groups of birds were hanging out happened to be in Cypress, Cedar and/or Hemlock trees. I’m not sure if there is anything to this but at any rate, I still call it a “rough” weekend because the numbers were lower than normal for our annual weekend and they were all high and buried. At one point Saturday morning, I found myself just song ID’ing without even trying for views. Nice to know what’s around but not the funnest way to bird.
We did have a decent time Saturday afternoon at Ottawa where I snagged a couple nice shots of Red-winged Blackbirds. Ottawa actually brought us some nice birds including Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Blue-winged Teal, Snowy Egret, and a flighted Northern Goshawk that put on quite a show.
This was probably Kara’s first REALLY nice view of a flighted Gos which proved to be great as she really got to study the wing-beat and shape of the bird in flight.
Other than thousands of people on the boardwalk, it was still nice to be down here. I didn’t capture a single good Warbler image this trip which is definitely a first but I came home with three images I’m happy with. Definitely an odd group of images from Magee but another Warbler weekend is in the books.