Pointe Mouillee – Macomb Audubon Field Trip

I had the pleasure of being invited to go on the Macomb Audubon Field Trip at the Moo today led by Jim Fowler. It was a very nice morning. There is lots of water at Pointe Mouillee and not much shorebird habitat… what shorebirds we did see, we saw at a fairly long distance away.. A scope was needed. So no good photos… Highlights of the day included approx 55 White Pelicans, Marbled Godwit, American Avocet, Wilson’s Phalarope, Snowy Egret, Black-bellied Plovers and a couple of Peregrine Falcons. There were also Northern Harriers, Osprey and Bald Eagles.

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelican

White Pelican

White Pelican

White Pelican

Baird’s Sandpiper

Birding after work today.. Not much to see.. I got a FOY Sanderling at Lk St. Clair Metropark and had a nice Adult Bald Eagle near the south marsh… There were many Ruby-throated hummingbirds around and I found a couple of Magnolia Warblers and one Trails Flycatcher whose call note most resembled the Willow. At 18 1/2 mi in Sterling Heights there were Semipalmated Sandpipers, one  Baird’s Sandpiper and 2 Solitary Sandpipers. I also had a couple of Lesser Yellowlegs. Inwood Trails were unproductive but I enjoyed a few Butteflies even if I didn’t have my macro lens with me…

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sanderling

Sanderling

Pecks Skipper

Pecks Skipper

Common Terns at Stony Creek Metropark

I started my morning checking out the wet area off of 18 1/2 mile rd in Sterling Heights… There were 5 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper and a few Ring-billed Gulls… I then headed to Stony Creek Eastwood Beach and found 4 Common Terns, 2 Caspian Terns and a few Ring-billed Gulls… Over at the Osprey Trail the woods were quiet… I did come across Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Cedar Waxwings and a few Catbirds…

My goal this coming year is to get proficient on gulls…  So I had fun today photographing Ring-billed Gulls at Stony and then looking at what cycle birds they were….

First Cycle Ring-billed Gull - mostly worn juvenal plumage

First Cycle Ring-billed Gull – mostly worn juvenal plumage

First cycle Ring-billed Gull - post juvenal molt has begun

First cycle Ring-billed Gull – post juvenal molt has begun

First Cycle Ring-billed Gull post juvenal molt - first winter bird

First Cycle Ring-billed Gull post juvenal molt – first winter bird

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

 

Common Terns

Common Terns

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Terns

Common Terns

 

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Green Herons and the first migratory Warbler of the fall

After work today I took a run by Lk St. Clair Metropark and walked the trails… I have not birded much this summer, but fall migration is starting so out into the woods I go… There was an Adult and a Juvenile Green Heron in the canal bordering the trail in the south marsh.. they are fun to photograph in the fall… so brave… I also had my first Emp Flycatcher this fall (yes, I know its still technically summer) and a Magnolia Warbler. I got a couple of blurry shots of the Warbler as it would not come out into the open and I was shooting in to shaded woods, but it was good to see that warblers are starting to move…

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler