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As the days are getting shorter and cooler, the Marsh is abuzz with energy as migrating birds are getting ready to undertake their long journey south. Whichever direction you look, you will see flocks of Canada geese, ducks, gulls, blackbirds and even the odd group of shorebirds zooming around. They are busy building their muscles for the big task ahead and filling up on food to have enough energy to cover the kilometers needed until their next or final destination.
Fall is definitely the best time of the year to see hundreds of thousands of birds bustling around the Marsh, too busy to care about each other as it is the case in the spring when territoriality is a major issue. Fall seems to bring a sense of civility and responsibility among the birds. They know that they have little time to prepare for the task at hand and no time for bickering. Fighting was so last spring.
Whether you witness the migration for the first time at Oak Hammock Marsh this year or you have been coming to Marsh to watch it every year, the nightly ritual of the waterfowl returning from the fields at sunset is indescribable. It is a multisensory experience that connects you with one of nature’s wonders. The Magic of Migration.