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

phoebe red eyed vireo Rose breasted Grosbeak Rose-breasted Grosbeak Veery 1 Veery

Henslow’s Sparrow

I have been listening for a Henslow’s Sparrow in a field off of 25 mi Rd intermittently… I bumped into Chris there the other day and we did not hear it… This morning he texted me that they were singing so I headed that way and got a nice photo… Its between gratiot and New Haven Rd…

Henslow's Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Yellow-breasted Chat at Wetzel State Park

Brian Mcgee found a Yellow-breasted Chat this morning at Wetzel… I had not planned on doing any birding as I am in the middle of smoking a brisket for company today, but I had to run for this bird… So easy to find as it was very vocal. Normally a skulker, this one kept perching on a dead tree on the side of 27 mile rd near Werderman… A great find!! Thanks Brian!!

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-breasted Chat