3rd location for Henslow’s Sparrow in Macomb County

I got a call from a birder who found another location for Henslow’s Sparrow in the county. Its a small area near a busy parking lot and he was concerned about traffic to the field where this very uncommon bird for Macomb County may be nesting… So for now I need to keep this location private…. However at 0730 this morning before work it gave me some easy photo opportunities as it moved back and forth across the field I was observing… I really like this sparrow and its one of my top three favorites in Michigan… Lincoln’s and Fox are my others…

Henslow's Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow #2 and Bobolinks

I went looking for the Henslow’s Sparrow that Brandon Aho had reported a few days ago near the 1-94 and 25 mile corridor. (I normally don’t talk about rare or uncommon bird breeding locations but it was already posted on Ebird by Brandon) This was my second attempt. The first time was in the evening when I would expect to hear them, but it was a windy day and the field is near the highway, so road noise is all I heard… Yesterday I tried at dawn, right before work, and was rewarded with one singing male… The field is on private property and one of the birders who had tried for it the other day was told not to walk out into it… So when I heard it out in the middle of the field, I wanted to be sure… and hence I headed out into the field for a few minutes anyways… Soon I was within 5-10 yards of the singing male.. He flushed a few times and flew around me but did not come out into the open for any good photos… However, Tslick is an unmistakable call…  This is my second Henslow’s for the county this year…

In the field off of 25 mi between 1-94 and Gratiot, there was a large flock of Bobolinks… approx 25 of them… They were near the road and offered some good photo opportunities..

Bobolink

Bobolink

Bobolink

Bobolink

Bobolink

Bobolink

Bobolink

Bobolink

Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

I spend a few days in Glen Arbor last week with my family. We stayed at my friend Micks incredible cabin overlooking Glen Lake…

View of Glen Lake from Cabin

View of Glen Lake from Cabin

This area has great birding in June. Mick served as my guide and put me on some great birds!! Thanks Buddy!!  Canada Warblers were the first birds of my list.. The first couple of locations failed to produce any, but we found several off of Bohemian Rd near where Shalda Creek crosses the road…

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

My next target was Prairie Warblers.. I managed to find a few Pine Warblers in the area along Lake Michigan where the Prairie Warblers nest.. There also were Hermit Thrush and Veery calling, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Redstarts were also abundant…  The way we found the Prairie Warbler was very simple… Drive down the road with the windows open and listen for them… We heard our first one and found it easily, singing on territory about 10 yards from the beach…

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

There were also Black and White Warblers nesting along Bohemian Rd… I found them the day after I photographed the Canada and Prairie Warblers…

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Mick told me about an area where Blackburnian Warblers nest in a Hemlock forest… Its in the Alligator Hill area.. We parked and walked about 200 yards down the paved trail and they were calling from both sides of the trail…

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

On one of the days that I was out and about in the morning, I drove through the Port Oneida area… Great to bird the fields and the wooded areas between them… I came across a field that had Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks and Grasshopper Sparrows..

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Bobolink

Bobolink

Mick also gave me a tip for an area with Northern Waterthrush and Winter Wrens… Unfortunatly I did not find either there but I did managed to photograph a female Purple Finch and an Indigo Bunting there… Perfect lighting for the bunting…

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Mick and I heard a Clay-colored Sparrow singing in a field near the Dune Climb… I went back a few days later and photographed it…

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

The most common warbler that I heard while birding this area was the American Redstart… They were everywhere… Difficult to see with all the trees leafed out, but they constantly sang from every area of the park…

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

Pine Warbler Juvenile... This one had me fooled and I had to phone a friend..

Pine Warbler Juvenile… This one had me fooled and I had to phone a friend..

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

The Piping Plovers nest in this area but they nests are protected and the area is roped off… They put a cage over the nest to keep the gulls from getting at the eggs… I was able to get some long distance shots…

Piping Plover

Piping Plover

Piping Plover cage protecting the nest...

Piping Plover cage protecting the nest…

In 4 days of birding in the am, I identified 106 species…

  • Mute Swan
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Common Merganser
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Wild Turkey
  • Pied-billed Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Green Heron
    Turkey Vulture
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Bald Eagle
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Broad-winged Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Sandhill Crane
    Piping Plover
    Killdeer
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Ring-billed Gull
    Herring Gull
    Caspian Tern
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    American Kestrel
    Merlin
    Eastern Wood-Pewee
    Alder Flycatcher
    Willow Flycatcher
    Least Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    Eastern Kingbird
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Warbling Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Common Raven
    Horned Lark
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Purple Martin
    Tree Swallow
    Bank Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Tufted Titmouse
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    House Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Eastern Bluebird
    Veery
    Swainson’s Thrush
    Hermit Thrush
    Wood Thrush
    American Robin
    Gray Catbird
    Brown Thrasher
    European Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Ovenbird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    American Redstart
    Magnolia Warbler
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Yellow Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Pine Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Black-throated Green Warbler
    Canada Warbler
    Eastern Towhee
    Chipping Sparrow
    Field Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Grasshopper Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Scarlet Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Indigo Bunting
    Bobolink
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Eastern Meadowlark
    Common Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Baltimore Oriole
    House Finch
    Purple Finch
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow