We’d had breakfast, parked up and were at the start of the Magee Marsh WA board walk – the epi-centre of The Biggest Week in American Birding – by 08.00. Our first walk lasted three hours. we then took a long lunch-break, returning at three for another session. During the course of the day we saw over forty species, including a dozen ‘warblers’, and a host of other interesting birds. The board-walk was very busy but never crowded (unless a really good bird was discovered) and everyone was friendly, helpful and united in a love of birds and the marvel of migration. Magee Marsh is situated on the shores of Lake Erie – actually an inland sea – a natural collecting point for migrants before they make the crossing over water to Canada and their breeding grounds. I don’t suppose we walked more than a couple of miles during the whole day. It’s a magic place and we were lucky that finally the weather improved and the ‘door to migration’ opened. Today we’re hoping for more.