Still here….

I have gotten a few emails lately wondering why I have not had any recent posts…. I have taken a couple month break from birding and photography to focus on working out and losing weight… With increased work demands and miles of biking, there has not been much time left over…. However, Fall Migration will be kicking in soon and I will be right back at it…. Thanks to those who have contacted me… I appreciate the concern!!

Prothonotary Warbler at Holland Ponds – Shelby Twp

Kevin Rysiewski called me to tell me that Doug Warner had found a Prothonotary Warbler at Holland Ponds in Shelby Twp… Since this is a very uncommon bird in Macomb County, I headed that way at dawn today to take a look at it… It was easy to find… singing like crazy near the front of the park… tricky to photograph in the shade in the early morning light, but I managed a few pics…

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Last couple of days – Flycatchers and Vireos and misc

I am behind on posting to my blog… When I am not working or birding, my spring list of stuff to do around the house has been sitting idle too long, plus my wife is starting to tell me that she feels like a birding widow…

I have been seeing Canada, Tennesee, American Redstarts, Northern Parula and Wilson’s just about everywhere I go… I finally found a Mourning Warbler at Nicholson Nature Ctr.. For some reason everyone had seen one this spring but myself…

Flycatchers are everywhere right now and its Emp heaven.. Alder, Willow, Yellow-bellied and Great Crested Flycatchers at Nicholson Nature Center yesterday and today. Eastern Wood Pewee are calling from all over the place… I even had a couple of nice Eastern Phoebes by the bridge at Stony Creek nature Ctr…

Red-eyed, Warbling and Yellow-throated Vireos were all on the habitat trail at Stony Creek Nature Center today. In addition to those I found Acadian Flycatchers in there usual spot where they breed every year…

Both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos are moving thru the area right now and both were seen yesterday at LSCMP and today at the Inwood Trails at Stony Creek.

Canada Warbler singing

Canada Warbler singing

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

House Wren

House Wren

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

 

Blue Grosbeak at Lk St. Clair Metropark

What away to start my week!! Blue Grosbeak at Lk. St. Clair Metropark this evening found by Brandon Aho. A gorgeous bird to say the least. When I left at 8pm it was hanging out at the dump area near the service rd, across from the golf course. A new Macomb County Record and my first in Michigan.

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Migration is showing signs of winding down…..

Although I am sure we may get a wave or two before its over, migration seems to be winding down… Many of the late spring migrants are already here although I am still looking for a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher… My targets for this week. A couple  of days ago I found a Willet in Chesterfield Twp.. It was on the other side of a flooded area and required a scope, so no good images.. but a cool bird.. I also had a couple of Blackpoll Warblers yesterday at LSCMP and 4 Scarlet Tanagers at Nicholson Nature Ctr…

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Scarlet Tanager in the bright sunlight... its almost better to photograph these in the shade, since there brilliant color washes out the photo

Scarlet Tanager in the bright sunlight… its almost better to photograph these in the shade, since there brilliant color washes out the photo

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager