18 1/2 Mile Rd – Shorebirds

After work I stopped by the wet area on 18 1/2 mile rd in Sterling Heights to look for shorebirds… The Baird’s Sandpiper was still present as well as were the several semipalmated Sandpipers. There were 5 Lesser Yellowlegs and 5 Pectoral Sandpipers today. 2 Solitary Sandpipers were still going back and forth between the two wet areas as well… I was visited by the owner of the property who inquired what I was doing walking in his muddy field… After explaining to him about shorebirds and migration and how they were using his area as a rest stop on the way to South America, he was impressed and told me that it was ok to continue birding… He was a nice guy.

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Labor Day Birding

On Labor Day I chose to spend the first half of the day birding… I went to Lk St. Clair Metropark and Nicholson Nature Ctr in Clinton Twp…

LSCMP – Birding was decent. I had 5 Magnolia Warblers, 3 Wilson’s Warblers, 1 Ovenbird, 1 Bay-breasted Warbler and 1 Nashville Warbler. First thing in the morning a Peregrine Falcon buzzed Pointe Rosa Marsh. There were several Ruby-throated Hummingbirds around feeding on the jewel-weed. A pair of Belted Kingfishers were entertaining along the canal near the south marsh..

Nicholson Nature Ctr – 8 American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers, Bay-breasted Warblers and several Wilson’s Warblers were the highlights…. There was a Red-eyed Vireo singing the whole time I was there… That was surprising for this time of year… Nothing else very unusual.

There was a report this day by Brandon Aho of a Northern Mockingbird at 22 mi and North Ave… this would be the second Mockingbird in Macomb this year… Good Bird!

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Pearl Crescent

Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Broughton Rd

I received a call today from Brandon Aho who found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at a sod farm on Broughton Rd, north of 26mi rd in Ray Twp. This is the second time that a Buff-breasted has shown up in this area in the last couple of years. I managed to get a few photos of it from Broughton Rd. Brandon also had a probable Snowy Egret in the lake behind the Rec Ctr at Macomb Twp city hall… When I got there I could see the Egret in the lake and clearly it had a dark bill…. It flew as I was walking toward the lake and I took some photos of it at a long distance in flight. I could not see yellow feet in my photos… The bill was dark, but at that distance I could not see if it was two toned like the juvenile Little Blue Heron… I will be going back to look for it again. My son Andrew and I spent some time at Wolcott Mills Metropark today walking the trails… I saw plenty of migrating warblers, however we were there for butterflies and I did not have my binoculars with me… so most of them went unidentified… Tomorrow I bird!!

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

 

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Red Meadow hawk Dragonfly

Red Meadow hawk Dragonfly

Pointe Mouillee – Macomb Audubon Field Trip

I had the pleasure of being invited to go on the Macomb Audubon Field Trip at the Moo today led by Jim Fowler. It was a very nice morning. There is lots of water at Pointe Mouillee and not much shorebird habitat… what shorebirds we did see, we saw at a fairly long distance away.. A scope was needed. So no good photos… Highlights of the day included approx 55 White Pelicans, Marbled Godwit, American Avocet, Wilson’s Phalarope, Snowy Egret, Black-bellied Plovers and a couple of Peregrine Falcons. There were also Northern Harriers, Osprey and Bald Eagles.

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelican

White Pelican

White Pelican

White Pelican

Baird’s Sandpiper

Birding after work today.. Not much to see.. I got a FOY Sanderling at Lk St. Clair Metropark and had a nice Adult Bald Eagle near the south marsh… There were many Ruby-throated hummingbirds around and I found a couple of Magnolia Warblers and one Trails Flycatcher whose call note most resembled the Willow. At 18 1/2 mi in Sterling Heights there were Semipalmated Sandpipers, one  Baird’s Sandpiper and 2 Solitary Sandpipers. I also had a couple of Lesser Yellowlegs. Inwood Trails were unproductive but I enjoyed a few Butteflies even if I didn’t have my macro lens with me…

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sanderling

Sanderling

Pecks Skipper

Pecks Skipper