Less-crowded Toledo Area Birdwatching Spots

created May 08, 2014 - updated Oct 7, 2019

The boardwalk at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is the best place for up-close viewing of migrating songbirds for numbers and variety. It's easy birdwatching. But the boardwalk can be scrunched-crowded in the first half of May, especially before Noon.

On breezy southwest wind days, it's a good idea to birdwatch along the parking lot at the outside edge of the Magee boardwalk. Also, the trail between Magee Marsh and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge provides ample space for birdwatchers. On brisk, southwest wind days, birdwatching on the east beach at Magee Marsh can provide excellent birdwatching without the crowds, unless a Kirtland's Warbler exists.

But plenty of other Toledo-area places exist to view migrating birds. These places lack the crowds. No one else may be present, birdwatching anyway. A little more effort, however, may be needed to cover more ground and to view the birds high in the canopy.

The alternative locations, located along the lakeshore come in handy in the fall when the Magee Marsh boardwalk is closed due to hunting at Magee Marsh. Typically, the boardwalk is closed, starting the first weekend of October. On most of the weekends in October, November, and December, the boardwalk is open on Sundays.

On Oct 5, 2019, Woodie's Roost trail was closed, probably due to hunting. The trails around the Sportsmen's Center, however, remain open, during hunting season.

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