Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

I spend a few days in Glen Arbor last week with my family. We stayed at my friend Micks incredible cabin overlooking Glen Lake…

View of Glen Lake from Cabin

View of Glen Lake from Cabin

This area has great birding in June. Mick served as my guide and put me on some great birds!! Thanks Buddy!!  Canada Warblers were the first birds of my list.. The first couple of locations failed to produce any, but we found several off of Bohemian Rd near where Shalda Creek crosses the road…

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

My next target was Prairie Warblers.. I managed to find a few Pine Warblers in the area along Lake Michigan where the Prairie Warblers nest.. There also were Hermit Thrush and Veery calling, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Redstarts were also abundant…  The way we found the Prairie Warbler was very simple… Drive down the road with the windows open and listen for them… We heard our first one and found it easily, singing on territory about 10 yards from the beach…

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

There were also Black and White Warblers nesting along Bohemian Rd… I found them the day after I photographed the Canada and Prairie Warblers…

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Mick told me about an area where Blackburnian Warblers nest in a Hemlock forest… Its in the Alligator Hill area.. We parked and walked about 200 yards down the paved trail and they were calling from both sides of the trail…

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

On one of the days that I was out and about in the morning, I drove through the Port Oneida area… Great to bird the fields and the wooded areas between them… I came across a field that had Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks and Grasshopper Sparrows..

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Bobolink

Bobolink

Mick also gave me a tip for an area with Northern Waterthrush and Winter Wrens… Unfortunatly I did not find either there but I did managed to photograph a female Purple Finch and an Indigo Bunting there… Perfect lighting for the bunting…

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Mick and I heard a Clay-colored Sparrow singing in a field near the Dune Climb… I went back a few days later and photographed it…

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

Clay Colored Sparrow

The most common warbler that I heard while birding this area was the American Redstart… They were everywhere… Difficult to see with all the trees leafed out, but they constantly sang from every area of the park…

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

Pine Warbler Juvenile... This one had me fooled and I had to phone a friend..

Pine Warbler Juvenile… This one had me fooled and I had to phone a friend..

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

The Piping Plovers nest in this area but they nests are protected and the area is roped off… They put a cage over the nest to keep the gulls from getting at the eggs… I was able to get some long distance shots…

Piping Plover

Piping Plover

Piping Plover cage protecting the nest...

Piping Plover cage protecting the nest…

In 4 days of birding in the am, I identified 106 species…

  • Mute Swan
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Common Merganser
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Wild Turkey
  • Pied-billed Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Green Heron
    Turkey Vulture
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Bald Eagle
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Broad-winged Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Sandhill Crane
    Piping Plover
    Killdeer
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Ring-billed Gull
    Herring Gull
    Caspian Tern
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    American Kestrel
    Merlin
    Eastern Wood-Pewee
    Alder Flycatcher
    Willow Flycatcher
    Least Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    Eastern Kingbird
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Warbling Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Common Raven
    Horned Lark
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Purple Martin
    Tree Swallow
    Bank Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Tufted Titmouse
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    House Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Eastern Bluebird
    Veery
    Swainson’s Thrush
    Hermit Thrush
    Wood Thrush
    American Robin
    Gray Catbird
    Brown Thrasher
    European Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Ovenbird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    American Redstart
    Magnolia Warbler
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Yellow Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Pine Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Black-throated Green Warbler
    Canada Warbler
    Eastern Towhee
    Chipping Sparrow
    Field Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Grasshopper Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Scarlet Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Indigo Bunting
    Bobolink
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Eastern Meadowlark
    Common Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Baltimore Oriole
    House Finch
    Purple Finch
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

 

Whimbrels and White Pelican LSCMP

 

A nice suprise at LSCMP with the arrival of 46 Whimbrel. I stopped by the park to take a quick look at the beach. As I walked out on the lawn heading toward the shore I saw Jared Zaporski and his brother Nathan looking thru their scope.. they pointed at something on the beach and the flock of Whimbrel were just sitting in a tight group near the shore…  We were soon joined by Wayne and Andy. I happened to turn around toward the parking lot and low and behold a White Pelican was flying by. I could not believe it… My first one in Macomb County… Never know what is going to show up at this park… So cool.

Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush

Dunlin

Dunlin

White Pelican

White Pelican

Black-necked Stilts at Pointe Mouillee

I went to Pointe Mouillee to get my lifer Black-necked Stilts… Its absolutely ridiculous that this is a life bird for me… I have vacationed in their breeding range many times and dipped every time… So, they felt bad and came to michigan for me… I ended up bumping into Wayne Hoch there who was kind enough to carry my tripod in his back pack so I could bring my scope and my camera with me…. Very cool birds… Long Pond about a 1/4 mile walk straight back from the seglar rd entrance.

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

 

Video by Wayne Hoch