Eastern Comma

Not much to see in the say of birds yesterday evening at Stony Creek Metropark on the Eastlake trails… A few Yellow-rumped Warblers around and 8 Hermit Thrush… I did come across this Eastern Comma…

 

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Some photos from the weekend

Saturday I birded at Wetzel State Park and Wolcott Mills Metropark… Birding was slow but I found a cool Pheasant at Wetzel.. Its a mutant variety of a Ring-necked Pheasant… Must have been released by hunters training there dogs… Jeff Steinmetz called me about a Purple Finch in his feeder, so I went over to his home and saw it… They are so cool and House Finches were also in the feeder so its nice to see both of them there for comparison. They really look very different from one another. On Sunday morning I spent my birding time with Jeff and Jen at Lake St. Clair Metropark. We had close encounters with a Wilson’s Snipe, Common Gallinule and Virginia Rail… A few Yellow-rumped Warbers around, Hermit Thrush and Rusty Blackbirds are still in the Maple Woods… On the Beach there are a good number of Bonaparte’s Gulls and too my surprise this morning, two Sandhill Cranes…

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Forster's Tern

Forster’s Tern

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail grunting

Virginia Rail grunting

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Lk St. Clair Metropark… After work birding

Stopped by Lk St. Clair metropark after work and had a close encounter with a Cooper’s Hawk and photographed a Dunlin on the beach after a tip from Brandon Aho… Nothing unusual in the woods… Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglets.. I had one Bank Swallow flying over Pointe Rosa Marsh… Sora and Common Gallinule calling from different areas on the marshes… The Owlets are huge and should be out of the nest soon…

Coopers Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Not what I thought I was going to find

I birded at Wetzel State Park in New Haven this morning… Nothing too unusual… I saw some cool dragonflies, freshly hatched and there were Morning Cloaks and Spring Azure butterflies… Birdwise, nothing too out of the ordinary… Pied-billed Grebes, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. I did hear what I thought was a male Ring-necked Pheasant… but what came out of the thickets was not what I thought it was going to be… It was a Melanistic Mutant Pheasant, a mutant variety of the Ring-necked Pheasant from what I read on the web… After that I went to see a Purple Finch coming to the feeders at Jeff Steinmetz home… so cool!! Thanks Jeff!!

Blood Root flower

Blood Root flower

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Misc photos from last week

I have been in Grand Rapids for work most of the week and had a few birds on the card from the camera… So I thought I would get caught up and post a few pics from the week.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee