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.
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.
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).
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.