After work I stopped by the wet area on 18 1/2 mile rd in Sterling Heights to look for shorebirds… The Baird’s Sandpiper was still present as well as were the several semipalmated Sandpipers. There were 5 Lesser Yellowlegs and 5 Pectoral Sandpipers today. 2 Solitary Sandpipers were still going back and forth between the two wet areas as well… I was visited by the owner of the property who inquired what I was doing walking in his muddy field… After explaining to him about shorebirds and migration and how they were using his area as a rest stop on the way to South America, he was impressed and told me that it was ok to continue birding… He was a nice guy.
On Labor Day I chose to spend the first half of the day birding… I went to Lk St. Clair Metropark and Nicholson Nature Ctr in Clinton Twp…
LSCMP – Birding was decent. I had 5 Magnolia Warblers, 3 Wilson’s Warblers, 1 Ovenbird, 1 Bay-breasted Warbler and 1 Nashville Warbler. First thing in the morning a Peregrine Falcon buzzed Pointe Rosa Marsh. There were several Ruby-throated Hummingbirds around feeding on the jewel-weed. A pair of Belted Kingfishers were entertaining along the canal near the south marsh..
Nicholson Nature Ctr – 8 American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers, Bay-breasted Warblers and several Wilson’s Warblers were the highlights…. There was a Red-eyed Vireo singing the whole time I was there… That was surprising for this time of year… Nothing else very unusual.
There was a report this day by Brandon Aho of a Northern Mockingbird at 22 mi and North Ave… this would be the second Mockingbird in Macomb this year… Good Bird!
I received a call today from Brandon Aho who found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at a sod farm on Broughton Rd, north of 26mi rd in Ray Twp. This is the second time that a Buff-breasted has shown up in this area in the last couple of years. I managed to get a few photos of it from Broughton Rd. Brandon also had a probable Snowy Egret in the lake behind the Rec Ctr at Macomb Twp city hall… When I got there I could see the Egret in the lake and clearly it had a dark bill…. It flew as I was walking toward the lake and I took some photos of it at a long distance in flight. I could not see yellow feet in my photos… The bill was dark, but at that distance I could not see if it was two toned like the juvenile Little Blue Heron… I will be going back to look for it again. My son Andrew and I spent some time at Wolcott Mills Metropark today walking the trails… I saw plenty of migrating warblers, however we were there for butterflies and I did not have my binoculars with me… so most of them went unidentified… Tomorrow I bird!!
Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Red Meadow hawk Dragonfly
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.
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…