Written by David de Vitry
Springtime in Marietta is one of the best times of the year for bird watching. We have front row seats for a great migration along our waters. Thousands of neat birds travel along the river corridor through this area in spring. You can practically find new birds around each day, some rare and quite interesting!
Also during the spring, activity of local year-round birds picks up. Nest building, courtship, and a fresh, active food supply makes sightings a lot easier.
I talked with one local bird watcher, Marvin Stauffer. He was kind enough to share his wonderful photos with us. He’s taken thousands of photos of birds on the river and elsewhere. His equipment: a kayak, a Canon 70D with 400mm lens, and a bit of patience. Follow him online to see more birds through his lens: FaceBook.com/marvin.stauffer
Here are a few of his wonderful photos capturing our favorite birds in action.
(Click on photos for larger view)
If you’d like to learn more about bird watching in this area, the Lancaster County Bird Club is an excellent resource. They have a couple of events in our area this spring. They will even supply binoculars if you need them!
April 7th: Beginner Birders field trip for people that would like to experience birding for the first time. Highlighting spring migration and scoping the river. Meet at the Riverfront Park pavilion at 9 a.m. To access the park, go north on Rt. 441, turn left onto Vinegar Ferry Road, proceed under the railroad bridge and around the park to the pavilion. Contact Roger Stoner (717) 393-9030 if you have questions or plan to attend.
May 12th: The Warbler Walk, also highlighting spring migration. Meet at Chickies Rock County Park, Breezy View Overlook at 7 a.m.
Visit lancasterbirdclub.org for more information