|A sizeable crowd gathers at Magee Marsh after news spreads of a Kirtland's Warbler found near the car park.|
Organised by Black Swamp Bird Observatory, The Biggest Week is clearly a successful initiative on an impressively big scale. There are so many top-flight birding locations which can accommodate the large numbers of local and visiting birders, and as spring migration approaches its peak through the Great Lakes there are so many birds as well. It also raises important funds for conservation.
|Yellow Warbler was the most numerous of almost 30 warbler species seen during The Biggest Week.|
|It's not just about warblers: plenty of other migrants included numerous Baltimore Orioles, like this male ...|
|... and also Indigo Buntings, at their bluest at this time of year.|
I attended The Biggest Week on behalf of Birdwatch magazine, and will be writing about the experience in the September issue (on sale at Birdfair in August and from all good newsagents - or subscribe here). It's also likely that we'll be running a reader trip to the region in May next year, to give others a chance to experience this amazing event for themselves - more on that in the same issue. In the meantime, special thanks to Kim Kaufman and Rob Ripma for their help in Ohio, and it was also a pleasure to meet Kenn Kaufman and catch up with many old birding friends on the Magee Marsh boardwalk. See you all next time!