A nice spring morning for birding… first shorebirds of the year!

I birded at Lk St. Clair Metropark this morning and bumped into Wayne Hoch… the woods were quiet for the most part but the highlight of the morning was when Allen Chartier banded the Louisiana Waterthrush that had been found by Brandon Aho the day before… I happened to be walking up to the banding station when he was just about to let it go after banding it… Allen was nice enough to let me take a snapshot of the bird before he released it… I saw my FOY Purple Martin and Rough-winged Swallows… Not much else going on in the woods besides a Brown Thrasher and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet… On the way home I headed to an industrial rd that goes between 21mi and Hall rd, east of I94… I found Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpipers in standing water in a field that was recently cleared. I stopped at Macomb Corners Park on 25mi and looked for Solitary Sandpipers… None… they should be back this week…

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs

Louisiana Waterthrush right before its released after being banded

Louisiana Waterthrush right before its released after being banded

Spotted Sandpiper showing off for a female...

Spotted Sandpiper showing off for a female…

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Long-tailed Duck and Louisiana Waterthrush at LSCMP

Yesterday there was a Long-tailed Duck calling loudy and flying back and forth along the water in front of the beach… It was acting so strange… There were approx 300 Bonaparte’s Gulls there… I searched in vain for a Little Gull with no luck… One of these days.. Brandon Aho also found a Louisiana Waterthrush in the woods bordering the marsh… This is my first one for Macomb County.. It was very cool!!  I found a Ruby-crowned Kinglet on the Meadow loop and there was a flyover of 4 Sandhill Cranes.. Forster s Terns are everywhere… Two Sora were heard calling in Point Rosa Marsh as well as a Virginia Rail!

Forster's Tern

Forster’s Tern

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

 

 

Video of the Louisiana Waterthrush taken by Wayne Hoch

Horned Grebes at Stony Creek Metropark

I went biking tonight at Stony and as I was going around the lake, I noticed that a pair of Horned Grebes were hugging the shoreline… so after my ride I hopped in my car and drove to the parking area near the south dam and photographed the Grebes… The funny part of the story is that there was a little boy who kept throwing stones in the water and the Grebes were not afraid of him, however the moment I pointed my Zoom Lens at them, they swam away… figures…  I also found some Northern Shovelers on Eastwood beach… One Common Loon on the lake…

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

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