Birding enthusiasts seek glimpse of rare birds in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Bird-watching enthusiasts seeking a glimpse of rare birds during the spring migration are descending on the western shores of Lake Erie this week.

Birders armed with cameras, binoculars and field guides will be packing the area near the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area for The Biggest Week in American Birding that runs through May 15, The Blade newspaper reported (

Black Swamp Bird Observatory organizes The Biggest Week. Its executive director, Kimberly Kaufman, says the event brings out savvy and seasoned birders, but also is geared toward beginners.

More than 77,000 people from 47 states and 22 countries visited the marsh for the event last year.

Jane Lucal, 78, of Sandusky, told The Blade that the birding week is popular because it allows people to be outside, be conservationists and enjoy the habitat.

“The deeper level is seeing something really beautiful and bringing it into your life,” she said. “We should do that more. We should do that every day.”

Though novice birders might be wary of watching near other people who’ve traveled to observe birds, seasoned enthusiasts told The Blade that birding etiquette is pretty simple.

Lucal suggested leaving cellphones at home or on silent. Others said speaking softly will increase the likelihood of a bird coming close.

The most oft-repeated piece of advice was to be considerate of other birders.

“Birds are a lot like people,” Lucal said. “Birds are a lot like birders. Some are really cranky, but most are very generous.”


Information from: The Blade,

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