We’ve started a one-month loop that will take us into Michigan for the first time in more than six months.
Ahhhh, but first we spend 4 days in Maumee Bay State Park in the middle of “The Biggest Week in American Birding”. It’s actually 10 days.
Birders come from all over to this part of Ohio’s Lake Erie coastline, because the migrating birds congregate before taking the shortest hop across Lake Erie due to the geography here and in Canada directly across.
Our dear friend and avid/accomplished birder, Carolyn G picked up Robyn this morning at our campsite and gave her a personal tour of several key areas. The varied terrain of woods, marshes, beach, and acres of shrubbery provide cover for countless species. Mind you, the birds don’t just jump out and stand on the pathway waiting to be noticed! Carolyn’s experienced eyes and ears (and binoculars) found them time and again, and Robyn struggled to see half. She also struggled to photograph the lovely and uncommon ones they encountered (“if they’d only sit closer to the path and sit still!“).
We have one shot to share, of a Prothonotary Warbler, if memory serves correctly.
Maybe tomorrow will bring more photo success!
We’re camped nearly on the beach, so we spent some time this evening along the shore. Oh my goodness, Robyn found some large driftwood that was caught over-and-under so it was springy. As you can see, Ross found it greatly entertaining!
You have to understand Ryan’s major need for stability to appreciate his great reluctance to enjoy this experience! It might have been different for him if he’d started the bouncing rather than encountering after Ross, or maybe he would have become accustomed to it and begun to enjoy the exhilaration. We’ll never know, because rain started to splatter…..