Pine Warblers and Rails

Pine Warblers are moving thru Stony Creek right now… I had two this morning at the Southdale Picnic area and Kevin Rysiewski had a couple at the Lakeview area this afternoon… There are also a ton of chipping sparrows in that area, so don’t be fooled by the songs… At LSCMP this evening, I had my first Sora of the year calling to me and I got a visual as it moved thru the thick marsh reeds… There were also a couple of Virginia Rails calling to eachother near the Maple Woods… very entertaining… Not much else to see there tonight… a few Yellow-rumped Warblers, Winter Wren, White-throated Sparrows and an Osprey… Wilson’s Snipe were displaying over Pointe Rosa Marsh…

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Louisiana Waterthrush

My first warbler of the spring… Unfortunately this location has to be kept undisclosed because it is a small wooded wetland that these birds have bred in for several years and the last thing they need is a bunch of photographers and birders disturbing there breeding… I only think that there was one breeding pair last year. This bird is very uncommon in Michigan and can only be found in a few spots… it is an early migrant, and they are usually done with their first brood by July and headed south… So, I apologize on not being able to share the exact location, but they are in Oakland County and anyone can see them in migration… Learn the song and look for the white eyestripe and the habit of constantly bobbing its tail…

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Sparrows have arrived….

I got my FOY Savannah Sparrows and Vesper Sparrow today… Swamp Sparrows have begun to arrive at LSCMP in good numbers… I saw at least 3 singing birds today… Fox Sparrows are still in good numbers in the park as well as Winter Wrens… I also had 8 Hermit Thrush this morning at LSCMP, 3 Common Loon, Caspian and Forster’s Tern, many Bonaparte Gulls and Wilson’s Snipe… There was a fly over of 3 Bald Eagles… The Great horned Owl was sitting in the bucket with the Owlet today…

Great Horned Owl and Owlet

Great Horned Owl and Owlet

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Snow Goose in Sterling Heights

A Snow Goose was found in Sterling Heights today in an area not accessible to the public… its on an industrial site and one of the employees is a birder and found it and called Kevin Rysiewski today…   Hopefully it takes off and heads to Stony Creek!!

4/8/2014 ** I visited the site today and the Goose was still in the pond swimming with 4 Canada Geese…**** check Ebird for location

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

8 FOY birds today….

Bonaparte’s Gull, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Northern Pintail, Wilson’s Snipe, Double-crested Cormorant and Common Loon…

Started by visiting LSCMP in Harrison Twp after work and there was good birding… The Snipe were flying all over Pointe Rosa Marsh… I photographed one sitting near the marsh boardwalk… The Northern Pintail was a nice suprise… it came flying over the marsh coming from the lake and heading toward the North Marsh… a nice looking Drake… they really do have a long looking neck when they are flying… very cool… I had the Hermit Thrush in the Maple Woods… there are still a good number of Fox Sparrows around…. I saw about 6 of them today… There were reports of a Red-headed Woodpecker in the suet feeder at the nature ctr, but I missed on that one… Stopped at Stony on my way home and found a Common Loon in the bay near the marina… its about 98% in breeding plumage… No birding for me for the rest of the week because of work demands… the weekend can not come fast enough…. Good Birding!!

Female Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Common Loon

Common Loon

Someone has been feeding deer at LSCMP... this doe walked right up to me...

Someone has been feeding deer at LSCMP… this doe walked right up to me…

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe