Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge/ Auto Tour
The Sunday Kathy and I left for our much anticipated vacation, the day started out quite uneventful. With it’s normal pit stops along the way for breakfast and other necessary duties, we made it to Ottawa NWR in the normal 4.5 hours or so.
If you’ve never been to Ottawa NWR before, it’s located between Toledo and Port Clinton Ohio, right on Lake Erie. At 6,500 acres this vast refuge is a mix of wetlands, forests, and grasslands. And with a place as large as this getting around is either by foot or bicycle. However today was one of the weekends where the auto tour is open to the public, and this is why we decided to make this our first stop. The auto tour at Ottawa is one of the greatest birding experiences you can have while visiting up here. You can drive at your leisure, park and enjoy the wildlife.
As we drove along we’d stop and look for more birds, and enjoy some of the wonderful scenery. There’s one area along the road which is particularly good for Marsh Wrens. These reclusive birds are more than likely heard before they are seen. However every once in a while one would pop up and give you some brief glimpses.
As with all good things the auto tour does come to an end. And while it’s open you can always go through again if you didn’t get enough the first time. However for Kathy and me our hotel reservation wasn’t good till 3 pm, and the Magee Marsh boardwalk sat between us and the hotel. So as we slowly drove on out we noticed a car pulled over with the occupants looking out over the marshy area that bordered the road. They were kind to put us on an American Bittern. A really difficult bird to view.
Part 2 of my trip will be forth coming…