Common Redpoll in feeder

I told Tom Hince to be on the lookout for Common Redpolls for me… I have been so swamped at work that I hardly have had time to bird recently… He called me this morning when a male Common Redpoll showed up in his feeders and I stopped by and saw it… Hopefully when we get some decent snow soon some larger flocks will show up…  Thanks Tom!!

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Snowy Owl – DNR Pointe Harrison Twp

I went looking for the juvenile Snowy Owl at the DNR Point this morning… It was not there but I did managed to see an adult Snowy Owl sitting on one of the condo roofs bordering the parking lot… It was easy to find… I pulled up and saw a silver pickup up with a zoom sticking out of the window aiming the roof… LOL.. Mike (photographer who is at LSCMP most days) was busy snapping some shots..

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Glaucous Gull

I went out looking for the Snowy Owl today at the DNR point and dipped. However, I did manage to see and photograph a Juvenile Bald Eagle flying out of Pointe Rosa Marsh at LSCMP… I stopped by Walter and Mary Burke Park in New Baltimore and checked out the gulls.. There were plenty of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, Several Greater Black-backed gulls and one nice looking adult Glaucous Gull…

Bald Eagle - Juvenile

Bald Eagle – Juvenile

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull

Bald Eagle - Juvenile

Bald Eagle – Juvenile

A month left to go

This is always an interesting time of year for me in terms of birding. I am sad that 2014 is coming to an end and yet I look forward to birding in 2015. I still hope to find a couple more county birds for the year, but time is running out and I am working a ton of hours and traveling for work. Hopefully I will run into some Common Redpolls, Crossbills or a Long-eared Owl..  This has been a great year so far and I broke my personal Macomb County Record for the year which was previously 233. I am at 236 right now. Of course it has been a blast watching Tom Hince smash the county big year record. Yesterday I spent some time in the afternoon driving a few country roads looking for anything that looked interesting. I was dressed in scrubs and not ready for walking trails in the cold, but I saw about a dozen Red-tailed Hawks, one Coopers Hawk and about 1000 Tree Sparrows… Even photographed a Tufted Titmouse out my car window…

Greater Black-backed Gull

Greater Black-backed Gull

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Greater Black-backed Gull

Greater Black-backed Gull

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Sunday birding… LSCMP

I took a quick run by LSCMP today… I bumped into Allen Chartier who was banding in the meadow loop… He had banded a Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush and a few other normal species for this time of year.. I walked the trails and the birding was slow.. I found a Winter Wren and came across some Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers mixed in with Black-capped Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches. In the North Marsh near the parking area there were Coots, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Gadwall, Ruddy Duck and Northern Shovelor…

Redhead

Redhead

Greater Scaup

Greater Scaup

Winter Wren

Winter Wren