Monday, May 7, 2012

Wow! It really is Warblermania here...

I made it to the boardwalk at Magee Marsh by 3:45 and birded until 8:00 p.m. I have never seen so many warblers in one place at one time! Everything you've heard about the boardwalk during spring migration is true! Pretty much...wherever I looked, I saw something, and I wasn't even there at prime time...

A Palm Warbler looks at me as I snap his photo on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh. 
I'm exhausted! I took some really cool photos today, but I ran out of light quickly. I'm getting up early tomorrow and hope to get a few more shots tomorrow. Here's a quick list of what I saw today...Nashville Warblers, Blackburnian Warbers (intensely orange!), Cape May Warblers, Magnolias, Yellow, Palm, Yellow-throated, Black-throated Green, Yellow-rumped, Chestnust-sided, Hermit Thrushes, Swainson Thrushes, a Northern Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanagers, Hooded Orioles, Warbling Vireos, Black-throated Blues, Wilsons, Redstarts--this list is not complete and doesn't include any of the regular birds, swallows, terns, herons, egrets, etc.--I'm just too tired to think of the rest! Until tomorrow...

p.s. I also saw a life-turtle...a Blandings! He was high on my wish list. I couldn't believe it. I looked over at a log and there he was...

20 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

well, this image makes for a great teaser. can't wait to see more of these beauties. :)

Carol Mattingly said...

Kelly I'm so excited for you and wished I was there with you. Have fun girl. Carol

Kelly said...

Hey Tex...I was just a few feet from a male and female tree swallow this evening. They just sat in the tree next to me and talked to each other. It was incredible. I could have reached out and touched them! Even in the low light I got a lot of nice photos of them! :-)

Kelly said...

Hi Carol......you're just a few hours south of me. One of these days, you should head up. It is amazing how close the birds are...(or is it exhausted and hungry so they don't care about us humans looking on?).

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, busy day, I hope you will share some of those birds with us. Please and thank you.

Sue said...

I'm passing on this post to some neighbors that travel all over to see migrations. I'm sure they'll want to put this on their "must-do" list!

Carole M. said...

What a wonderful trek! Loving your warbler Kelly.

eileeninmd said...

Great shot, enjoy all the warblers. It is a wonderful place for birding.

Kerri said...

Oh it sounds like so much FUN!! Definitely on my list of "places to visit"!!!

Bob Bushell said...

A great post you've giving us. Warblers are everywhere Kelly.

Lois Evensen said...

Very pretty little one who is obviously checking you out, too. :)

Kat Griffin said...

Kelly, that photo is so amazingly beautiful !
have fun !
-KAT-

Kathie Brown said...

Kelly, how wonderful. You make me want to go there myself! I know the exhaustion. I experienced it when I went to the New River Birding and Nature Festival a few years ago. too much to see and you don't want to miss out! I wanted a nap every afternoon but never took one!

DeanO said...

Wow - what a great f stop setting you chose!

Janice K said...

How neat! So happy for you. Your Palm Warbler is georgeous!

Banjo52 said...

Great shot of the Palm--at eye level, as you'd hoped. I look forward to more.

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone. I'm exhausted....but in a good way! Got some nice warbler photos today. If you can get to Magee this spring migration...go! It's really fun.

Montanagirl said...

Lovely image! I think you're having a wonderful time.

Kelly said...

...thanks, Mona! I am... This is a great event to attend.

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Kelly,
Great to see all these photographer devices. Wonderful how you get this special bird, it's really amazing.
Well done!!

Many greetings,
Marco