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Marblehead Lighthouse March 17, 2008
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The Marblehead Lighthouse is a must-see for all tourists to the Marblehead peninsula, which lies directly between Sandusky and Port Clinton, Ohio. It was my home for many years and like a migrating bird, I tend to return to the old familiar spots. While visiting last week it was good to note the ice is starting to break up on the lake. Depending on currents, large areas are still encased in ice, however, isolated spots have opened up and become duck magnets.

Just beyond the snow and ice covered rocky shore shown in the photo, you may see the the flotilla of the earliest migrants back to the "Rock," as we locales called Marblehead. Redheads, Canvasback, and Scaup (the Lesser are coming and the Greater are going), Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead were in the mix too. With enough time and patience, one could be treated to a fly-by of a Long-tailed or Harlequin, but this was just a quick stop to get a general feel for the lake.

A drive around the "horn", or tip of the peninsula in Marble-speak, was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours between appointments. The ducks are the harbingers-of-spring in the water world, and migration is off and running. Treat yourself to a trip to the lake to see the wonders of our natural world in motion.

Another prime viewing spot within view of State Route 2, known mostly by the fishermen, is on the south side of the peninsula. As it juts out into Lake Erie, it creates the Sandusky Bay and the old lift bridge to Bayview -which has been disassembled- is a good spot to do some winter birdwatching. But, last week most of that area was still socked-in by ice.

In another couple of weeks those neo-tropical migrants, the warblers, will be up-dating their passports and heading across the Gulf of Mexico for their annual winged journey north. And when they arrive at Magee Marsh and all the other hospitable habitats on the shores of Lake Erie, I plan to be there to greet them. This is the time of year I miss the "Rock" the most.

Don't get me wrong, Mansfield has its charms too, but the shores of Lake Erie is an exciting place to watch the seasons unfold.

2008-03-17 10:43:24 GMT
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