Shorebirds at LSCMP

It is that time of year… Shorebirds are arriving in good numbers with a nice variety at LSCMP.. While I was in Arizona on vacation a Red Knot showed up as well as a Red-necked Phalarope… I was shocked when I got home and they were still there…  Today a Ruddy Turnstone was there… I got a chance to use my new Sigma 150-600mm Sport on these birds and it did a nice job…

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

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