The Magee Marsh (Oak Harbor, Ohio) is situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie. It is a prime stopover for North American warblers during spring migration.
Though last week wasn’t its peak time, I witnessed many birds preparing to migrate across the great lake toward Canada.
They make this long trip annually, large numbers of warblers begin to arrive in early April along the Gulf Coast, but migration peaks in mid-to-late May at northern sites.
These cute birds are tiny, some can be as small as:
Length: 3.9-4.7 in (10-12 cm), weight: 0.2-0.3 oz (5-10 g), and wingspan: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
You need a longer lens to photograph them and/or a binocular for bird watching. It was pretty challenging to take a photo of them since these little birds move so quickly and high in the trees.
I used my 300 mm lens, then cropped these images very aggressively; hundreds of blurry images had to be deleted.
My dear friends J and G who introduced me warbler migration can name dozens of different warblers. G writes down the names of the warblers he has seen daily on his birding notebook. He compares his list day by day and year by year, so he knows which one is missing and/or new to him. This cute little one is like “Wow, really?” 🙂