I’d been to the area several times before to visit Cedar Point, but this was the first time I’d set some time aside for birding. One of the friends I was with had likely never been birding while the other dabbles in it less occasionally than I do.
It can be difficult to find good directions online for some birding locations, but to my relief the parking area for Sheldon Marsh is well signed and easily accessed. It was a great place to get a little taste of a nice variety of habitats.
On the map, the area is actually quite bit, but the old road extending from the parking lot is easy walking and the paved section is totally accessible. This roadway also features some small observation platforms that look out on the marsh. During our visit, the tulip trees were in bloom and they were stunning!
This was a quick trip as I didn’t want to impose upon my colleagues for very long, but we still managed to catch a nice variety of birds (including Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Wood Duck and many herons and egrets). Highlight was the huge snapping turtle easily visible from one of the observation platforms. You can also get a nice view of Cedar Point from the beach.
For a quick trip outside of the migration period, this was still an excellent place for a visit! For those who have more time than we did, it’s also near many other (also nicely signed) nature areas.
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