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Common Redpolls at our feeders Winter-Spring 2008

The Winter of 2007-2008 was a big invasion year in Ohio for the sub-arctic finch the Common Redpoll. Normally, a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in January or February is required to see the Common Redpoll. Some years, like Winter 2006-2007, the Common Redpoll does not make it as far south as the U.P. If food is plentiful, the Common Redpoll will remain north of the border.


International Migratory Bird Day 2008

(my May 2008 post)

Saturday May 10, 2008 - 8 am to 5 pm

What is International Migratory Bird Day?

IMBD is an annual event created by Partners in Flight (PIF). Partners in Flight is a coalition of federal and state agencies, bird clubs, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and individuals, whose mission is to conserve migratory birds. One way to achieve this mission is by increasing public awareness of the factors that may contribute to declines in bird populations.

Saturday May 10, 2008 will be the sixteenth annual “International Migratory Bird Day”.

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Partial Albino Black-throated Blue Warbler

(my May 2008 post that I updated in Aug 2008)

A partial albino Black-throated Blue Warbler was observed on May 7, 8, and 9, 2008 at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area boardwalk. I watched it for a few minutes at about 1:30 p.m. on May 9. I saw at least two photographers snapping photos of the bird, but I'm unaware of any photos being posted on the Internet. It was a fascinating bird to watch.

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American Robins and spring time

(my April 2008 post)

The American Robins in the photo were near the nature center at Maumee Bay State Park in late January 2007. Because December 2006 and January 2007 had little snow, robins were easily found around the Toledo area. Once the snow and cold came in February 2007, the robins retreated to more forested areas.

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Fall Bird Migration Summary

(my April 2008 post)

Spring migration is often characterized by large masses of brilliantly colored birds passing through Magee Marsh within a very brief time period. Fall migration does not give us the brightly colored hues that adorned many of our feathered friends in the spring, but it does give us more time to enjoy their passage to their southern wintering grounds.

Fall migrations are much more drawn out, and some sort of migration can be seen from as early as July to as late as early January. By knowing the general sequence of migration and the favorable weather conditions, we can enjoy the many sights and sounds of these fall flights.

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