Happy Bird Watchers Enjoy Ottawa NWR’s New Estuary Trail (Ohio)

Estuary Trail, Ottawa NWR

The newly opened (2012) estuary trail that leads between Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh was a big hit with birders attending The Biggest Week in American Birding this May.

“It offers much more elbow room and nearly all the same birds,” says Courtenay Willis, who traveled all the way from Belgium to participate in the festival. Indeed, by late in the week after cold fronts moved birds in, there were nearly as many warblers on this trail as there were on the boardwalk. 

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler.    © lkamms

Our bird list included nesting Prothonotary Warblers, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and many more.

The trail can be found behind the westernmost bank of trees beyond the boardwalk. Access is gained from the beach. Currently, the trail has limited access. Check with Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for open schedule.

 

 

Laura Kammermeier

Laura Kammermeier is the creator and managing editor of Nature Travel Network. She is a writer, website producer, traveler, birder and a birding/nature travel consultant. Laura has traveled Uganda, Europe, Ecuador, Belize, Honduras, Israel, and throughout the United States Read More

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