The Biggest Week in American BirdingThey call it the “Biggest week in American birding”. It is right in the middle of the spring migration of millions of birds and draws between 50,000 and 75,000 birders to the village of Oak Harbor, OH every year. It is in a greater area known as Black Swamp. The very name conjures up the reason why it was not settled and developed early on despite being on the shoreline of Lake Erie.

According to Kim Kaufman, executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, “World-class birders have dubbed Magee Marsh the ‘Warbler Capital of the World’. Last year’s festival was the first and the weather was awful. There were severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and the migrating bird numbers were the second worse in 20 years. But still, people came to the observatory everyday and reported it was the best birding they ever had.” This year did not disappoint. Continue Reading »