Northern Bobwhite at Wetzel

So over the past week there has been some discussion about the Bobwhite that have been seen at Wetzel State Park… I have seen multiple reports on Ebird regarding these quail… So the question for me are “are these a breeding population of Bobwhite?” or are these “pen raised birds that escaped when hunters trained their dogs?”….  I did some research on Ebird over the last 10 years and there has been no other reports of Northern Bobwhite in Macomb County during that time… Is this because they were missed by the birding community? Tom Heatley has birded Wetzel probably more than anyone in that time frame, is it possible that Tom has missed Breeding birds? Northern Bobwhite are sedentary birds that do not migrate, so if they were not escapees then where did they come from? Lastly the question I would like to ask is I saw a recent photograph of one of the Bobwhite taken by an Iphone… an up close shot of a quail just walking around… Is this the behavior of a wild quail?  Watch the video below for how Northern Bobwhite act when encountering people… in this case hunters… I have flushed many a covey in Florida and back in my 20’s when they nested near Stony Creek… They are a skittish bird that flush very easily…

 

So all these questions that should be answered first, bring me to my next point… Should individuals count these as life birds? County birds? Year birds? Perhaps if there is proof of breeding and there are young birds that are seen, then its plausible, but if these are escapees from some guy training his dogs, then these birds are no different than an escaped Parakeet and If I run into them they won’t make it on any of my lists.. Just my two cents…

Butterflies

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

Baltimore Checkerspot

Baltimore Checkerspot

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Buckeye

Buckeye

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

Delaware Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Tailed-blue

Eastern Tailed-blue

Eastern Tailed-blue

Eastern Tailed-blue

European Skipper

European Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Little Satyr

Little Satyr

Little Wood Satyr

Little Wood Satyr

Little Wood Satyr

Little Wood Satyr

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Pecks Skipper

Pecks Skipper

Dragonflies

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

Calico Pennant

Calico Pennant

Blue-tipped Dancer

Blue-tipped Dancer

Halloween Pennant

Halloween Pennant

Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk

Ebony Jewelwing

Ebony Jewelwing

Green Darner

Green Darner

Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

Northern Spreadwing

Northern Spreadwing

Twelve Spotted Skimmer

Twelve Spotted Skimmer

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Widow Skimmer

Widow Skimmer

Widow Skimmer

Widow Skimmer

UP Birding – Strongs Corner

I spent last weekend birding in the Upper Peninsula near Strongs Corner. My friend Michael’s Father-n-law has 380 acres with a trout pond. We had a conversation awhile back where he was concerned that birds were declining on his property. He used to have Purple Martins and Cliff Swallows and they are gone.. So I offered to come up for a couple of days and do a bird survey… I chose the first week of june because most of the breeding birds are on territory and there are still a few migrants moving thru…

I asked my friend Mick to join me. We had a blast and the birding on Scotts property was phenominal.. 57 species identified in the two days. I found breeding areas for Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue and Canada Warblers. There were a ton of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers on the property and you could hear them drumming all day… 4 Thrush species. 13 species of warbler found on the property and I believe that most of them were breeding..

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Mourning Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

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