That afternoon I walked the board walk with my gear. Its possible to find a spot where there are no people, make a little space for yourself and just wait for something to show. I will add also that people are very polite and courteous towards one another, no-one misbehaves and everyone tries to give each other an opportunity to see or photograph a bird.
I joined a small group of birders first near the east entrance trying to get shots of a female Golden-winged Warbler. There were several females around during my visit but none showed too well. This particular individual came very close at times but there always seemed to be either a part of the boardwalk or a branch in the way of a shot.
Numbers of Canada Warblers (all males) seemed to be up too compared to previous days. I first saw this species in Ireland in 2006 when Maurice Hanafin and Seamus Enright found one near Kilbaha, County Clare. That was a female first winter. I also had tree-top views of males in Panama and they are striking birds but it was fantastic to see males so close at Magee Marsh, so close at times there was no need for bins as they fed within touching distance (and no, I didn't try to touch them!).
|Male Canada Warbler|
In the evening I gave the photography spot an hour, I had it to myself and while the only decent shot I got was of a female Black-throated Blue Warbler, I did have tree-top views of a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak (lifer) and a Veery joined the other thrushes briefly before an American Robin chased it away (pity, as I really like Veerys and wanted a photo).
|Female Black-throated Blue Warbler|
Before I left a birder came up to me and asked if I had seen the roosting Nighthawk, I hadn't, so he took me off to show it. I was very glad he did, it was roosting high up in a sycamore near the west entrance. Here's a record shot of a life bird for me.
|Roosting Common Nighthawk|