Okay...in the past, I have called Kathi a birding jinx. I hereby withdraw that statement. Even Kathi can't jinx the birds at Magee Marsh.
I got 48 bird species today. 4 of them were lifers.
I found this one:
A Swainsons's thrush. I found it and ID'ed it! Woo hoo!
A house wren was nest building in a cavity right above our heads.
Lifer. How could I have never seen a house wren before?
Veery. Very cooperative, sitting in the sun posing.
A peekaboo rose-breasted grosbeak.
Want to see another dead animal?
Well, too bad. Here it is:
A very dead tundra swan. And if you look closely, you can see me touching it with one finger. Just to make my mother and mother-in-law crazy.
Kathi and I split up for the rest of the day. I told her that she was allowed to peel off whenever she wanted to, since I am aware that Susan (in uber-crazy birding mode) is a lot to take for long periods. I know that I am a bit much sometimes so I let her escape.
Greater yellowlegs. Looks like the same bird, doesn't it? The only real difference between the two is size. A greater yellowlegs is about 4 inches longer than a lesser. Thank goodness they were together to compare.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge gives lots of opportunities for good photo ops. This great egret coasted right in front of me on the auto tour. If you have the good fortune to visit here, do yourself a favor and take the auto tour. You can go as fast or as slow as you want, and sitting in your car gives you a portable bird blind.
This was fun. A huge flock of somethings swooped down the road, and I was able to catch up with them:
A flock of dunlins. About 500 of them.