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Posted by: atowhee | May 6, 2014

BIGGEST WEEK–DAY #1

Today was the opening of the Biggest Week in American Birding festival here inn northwest IowaOhio. The four of us from Partnership for International Birding and Neblina Tours of Ecuador have already seen 110 species. Some samples:uppy-1Evenb here the increasingly scarce Upland Sandpiper is considered a good fine. These two were walking in the grass along the road margin today. Winter here has lingered and the birds could find grass tall enough to hide in.

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bhvi-tu6Blue-headed Vireo, the eastern counterpart of our western Cassin’s Vireo.

C-S WAR1 Chestnut-sided Warbler gives me the eye.

eaki-1-2014Eastern Kingbird

eso-2014aYou know how much I love owls if you read my blogs. Eastern version of Screech-Owl.

oven1Ovenbird feeding on the forest floor.

puma sitzPurple Martin atop martin housing development at Ottawa NWR. They are big and aggressive e enough to drive off the real estate greedy House Sparrows.

swth-tu2014Swainson’s Thrush along the Magee Marsh boardwalk. All these birds are within a mile of the south shore of Lake Erie where the winds comes whipping off the waves.

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