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Geese flock to local marshes

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Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is buzzing and chirping in the spring with 300 kinds of birds and 70,000 visitors who drive and fly from all 50 states and 6 different counties. There is a different migration taking place in the late fall. This time of the year there are a lot of ducks and geese that fly in for a few weeks.

An aerial survey done just last week estimates that there are 150,000 ducks and geese in the Lake Erie marsh zone that stretches from Sandusky to Toledo.

Naturalist Mary Warren says the water foul will stick around until the marsh begins to freeze up in a few weeks. So that makes the middle of November a peak time for hunters looking for that Thanksgiving goose. Warren said, "We have a controlled water fowl hunt that goes on here. Many people apply and few are chosen."

After the ducks move out, the bald eagles will steal the show. Warren said, "We had a nest here at Magee Marsh last year and they had triplets, so we are hoping they re nest next year." Hopefully the eagles will return once again this year. Bald eagles begin to nest in January which makes it easier to view them. Some of the metroparks, such as Sandusky County, have bald eagle tours set up for mid to late winter.

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