Birding Locations: Magee Marsh and The Biggest Week in American Birding

Join in the fun at one of the US's best birding locations, Magee Marsh.

Rob Ripma

If you strike up a conversation about birds with me, it probably won’t be long until I’m talking about Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week in American Birding festival. I started travelling to this location in Northwest Ohio annually about 10 years ago now, and it just doesn’t feel like spring to me if I don’t make it to Magee Marsh.

Over the past couple years, I’ve become more involved with The Biggest Week in American Birding as the field trip organizer/coordinator.  The event is held each May near Magee Marsh and hosted by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), a wonderful not-for-profit organization that I am on the executive board for. The festival brings together over 1,000 enthusiastic birders in search of the amazing migrant warblers that pass through the area each year. Registration is now open for the event, and Birds & Blooms Magazine is offering a chance for readers to win a trip to The Biggest Week! Check out the Birds & Blooms contest here. A full schedule of events for The Biggest Week can be found here, and you can register for the festival by following this link.

I really hope to meet many of our readers at the event in May, so if you see me there, please introduce yourself! For now, I will leave you with some photos I have taken of the incredible warblers that will move through Magee Marsh this spring.  It’s truly one of the best birding locations in the United States.  If you have any questions about the event, please use the comment box.

Kirtland's Warbler Birding Locations

I photographed this Kirtland’s Warbler on the beach at the east end of Magee Marsh a few years ago. This in one of the rarest warblers that can be found during the Biggest Week in American Birding.

Black-throated Green Warbler Birding Locations

Black-throated Green Warblers are on of the most common warbler on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh. Although they are common, I never tire of seeing them.

Black-and-White Warbler Birding Locations

Although they may not be as colorful as some of the other warblers, I find Black-and-White Warblers extremely beautiful. The intricate patterning more than makes up for the lack of bright colors.

  1. Richard says

    This sounds like a lot of fun. Perhaps I will be able to get over there for it myself in a couple of years.

  2. Colleen says

    I actually live in NW Ohio, and had no idea about this exciting event that takes place every spring. Hoping to get over there this year! Occasionally the past 25 years we have seen a few, very few warblers out here in the country..maybe we’ll be lucky again this year. Thankful Spring may finally be here after a long, rough winter. If the red-wings, are here, there’s hope. :)

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