I have been so swamped with work lately that I have fallen behind on my blog… Waterfowl migration is finally in full swing… It was delayed by the warm November we have been having, but over the last week there have been good numbers of Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Gadwall, Redhead and Ruddy Duck at Stony Creek Metropark. Today Tom and Kathi Hince reported 4 Trumpeter Swans there and there were three Tundra the day before. The Merlin still shows itself at Eastwood Beach or Baypoint Beach…
On Tuesday, I had 20 Lapland Longspurs and 30 Horned Larks in Northern Macomb County and 5 Snow Buntings at the DNR station on South River Rd….
Female Northern Cardinal
Today I had a flock of Canada Geese flyover me on 26 mi Rd near Stony Creek Metropark… I ignored them until I noticed a Snow Goose in the bunch and followed them, nearly crashing my car… LOL… They landed in a Condo Complex pond and I snapped a couple of photos out my car window… Nice surprise for the day..
A Snow Goose was found by Andy Weinrauch at LSCMP on Friday… I needed this bird for my county list for the year… Now if only I can find a Cackling Goose!!
Yesterday I got a call from Andy Weinrauch that Brandon had relocated the Varied Thrush and that there was a Red-necked Phalarope in the bay bordering Pointe Rosa Marsh at Lk St. Clair Metropark… By the time I got there, there was some discussion on whether this was a Red-necked vs a Red Phalarope… Thicker bill and in good light yellow could be seen at the base of the bill… the back was gray with no striping… these pointed toward a Red Phalarope… It was a long ways away and everyones photos are massivly cropped, but so cool to have two rarities in the same location at one time.
This did not last long… at 415pm Mary Trombley and Vikki Jones witnessed a Cooper’s Hawk kill the Varied Thrush… Unbelievable…
Two Lifers in Macomb County in one day… same location… doesn’t happen often…