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Old Tuesday 2nd November 2010, 17:53   #1
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Wink Birding Ohio next May 2011

Hello !!

What can I expect from a full week of birding for next May 2011?

A friend from Columbus invites me next may and I want to know where are the best spots in Ohio - maybe not so far from Columbus - and what kind of birds may I expect there !

Many thanks for all your advices!

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Old Tuesday 2nd November 2010, 22:11   #2
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I suspect Magee Marsh is what you are looking for.
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Old Thursday 4th November 2010, 13:55   #3
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I second the Magee Marsh & Black Swamp Bird Observatory areas. They aren't too far from Columbus -- a couple hours -- and have some of the best spring birding in the state.

http://www.bsbo.org/default.htm

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I second the Magee Marsh & Black Swamp Bird Observatory areas. They aren't too far from Columbus -- a couple hours -- and have some of the best spring birding in the state.

http://www.bsbo.org/default.htm

It sounds excellent!

Thank you very much for your help!


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Old Saturday 8th January 2011, 14:43   #5
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Bonjour Didier,
Magee Marsh is DEFINITELY the place to be in May! Not only is the best spot in Ohio, but probably the best spot in North America, especially between May 5 and May 15, 2011, this is known as "The Biggest Week in American Birding" but anytime in May will still be good. Here is a link to a list of birds you can expect to see:

http://www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com/birds.htm

(You can also download the list in .pdf format.)

I hope you can make it! But there are also many excellent places in and around Columbus to go birding. I would start at the nearest Metropark. Here is a link to a map of the Columbus Metroparks:

http://www.metroparks.net/ParksMaps.aspx

Have a safe trip, welcome to Ohio, and happy birding!
Au revoir,
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I also will say that Magee Marsh is fantastic. I was there myself for the first time last May, and the birding absolutely blew my mind. I ended up with around 30 species of warblers. There are some surrounding areas that can be just as good but much less crowded. When I was there, it was almost shoulder to shoulder with other birders and photographers along the famous "boardwalk". The birds did not care, however, and still put on quite a show.
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Me and my Wife will be attending the festival at Magee Marsh in May for the first time. We are both very excited and are looking forward to meeting new birders. Matt
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