We went looking for Summer Tanagers a Oak Openings Preserve about 50km west of Magee Marsh. We did find the Tanagers with the male being the only completely red bird in North America. We also found Great Crested Flycatcher, Field Sparrows, and both the Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers.

Featured Photo: Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra), Oak Openings, LUC (OH)  EQ: D850, 500mm f/4 Taken: 5-14-2019 at 16:20  Settings: 500mm (35mm eqv), 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO320, 1/3EV Conditions: sunny under canopy

Featured Photo: Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra), Oak Openings, LUC (OH)

EQ: D850, 500mm f/4 Taken: 5-14-2019 at 16:20

Settings: 500mm (35mm eqv), 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO320, 1/3EV Conditions: sunny under canopy

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis): Oak Openings, LUC (OH)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis): Oak Openings, LUC (OH)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula): Metzger Marsh, LUC (OH)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula): Metzger Marsh, LUC (OH)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens): Metzger Marsh, LUC (OH)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens): Metzger Marsh, LUC (OH)

I grew up in the east so I have seen many Northern Cardinals but that was before birding. We don’t have them in the west so I was glad I was able to capture on but I really wanted a photo of the female Cardinal, which alluded me the entire trip.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

One of my favorite lifers on the trip was the Prothonotary Warbler. We found one at Magee Marsh going in and out of its nest cavity. The male selects several nesting sites throughout his territory, but the female ultimately selects which one to use (see All About Birds for more).

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Another life bird was this Veery and they migrate long distances at night. Also, Veeries may flap continuously throughout an entire night’s flight on their efficient wings. This one gave me a great opportunity to photograph him.

Veery (Catharus fuscescens): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Veery (Catharus fuscescens): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Purple Martin (Progne subis): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

Purple Martin (Progne subis): Magee Marsh, LUC (OH)

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