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

Tawas Point State Park and Vicinity

Kevin Rysiewski, Jeff Steinmetz and Andrea Meldrum birded with me on Monday at Tawas Point State Park. We also visited Tuttle Marsh and a Kirtland Warbler Conservation Area. It was phenomenal birding for most of the day. It slowed down in the late afternoon as expected, but it was a great day with 131 species and 25 Warbler species.

In the Am we walked the trail to the point and back on the opposite side. Great birding in the morning. Every group of pines was active with Warblers… We had a Yellow-breasted Chat fly in front of us and head into the thick stuff where it called a few times… We had a Mourning Warbler calling although it would not show itself… There were Tennessee Warblers calling from every corner of the park..  There was a Common Nighthawk sleeping on a branch in one of the trees bordering the trail… We finished birding the point and headed off to find the Kirtland’s Warbler..

Jeff had a county map and my car has a navigation system… so you would think that it would be so easy to find the Kirtland’s Warbler conservation area… However, roads just disappeared or appeared that were not on the map.. so after a few wrong turns we finally found the area… It took about 3 seconds to hear the first singing Male… We lucked out and had one close to the edge of the jack pine stand and were able to get some nice photos… This was a life bird for Andrea and the first time that Jeff has seen them up close… He has heard them before… Very cool…

Next we headed to Tuttle Marsh.. We stopped in the middle of one of the roads on the way to Tuttle after I heard a Pine/chipping sparrow… It turned out to be a Pine and we found that plus Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Red-breasted Nuthatch and a couple of other birds that we needed… At Tuttle we had Bald Eagle, Osprey, Black-billed Cuckoo, Virginia Rail, Sora, Least Bittern and American Bittern… A very cool Marsh..

We also checked out Wurthsmith Airport for Upland Sandpipers with no luck. We did pick up a Vesper Sparrow there… One of the roads that we drove this day we came across a Ruffed Grouse in full display… I have never seen this before… The female soon joined him and we got some incredible looks…

131 species total
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Ruffed Grouse
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
Sora
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Kirtland’s Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
yellow belly and throat. white speckacles, white under belly and undertail coverts. long tail.
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

bay breasted

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Common Nighthawk

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Kevin thumbs up

Kevin thumbs up

Kirtland's Warbler

Kirtland’s Warbler

Kirtland's Warbler

Kirtland’s Warbler

Kirtland's Warbler

Kirtland’s Warbler

Kirtland's Warbler

Kirtland’s Warbler

Merlin

Merlin

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Piping Plover

Piping Plover

Tennesee Warbler

Tennesee Warbler

Wilson Warbler

Wilson Warbler

 

Rainy day birding and peak of migration

I birded at Lk St. Clair Metropark today. I bumped into Wayne Hoch, Brian Mcgee and Marie Mcgee on the trail…. It was a rainy morning but the birding was great. Hightlights included Hooded Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Least and Willow Flycatchers singing throughout the park, Eastern Wood Pewee and an Olive-sided Flycatcher on the Meadow Loop…. We also had multiple Grey-cheeked Thrush in the park. The Mcgees and I saw three and Wayne had 4… Amazing. No photos because it was raining except a quick shot of the Olive-sided Flycatcher as the rain began to fall…

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Bobolinks

I found Bobolinks tonight at 28 mi rd near wolcott rd… This is a know breeding area for them and other than Wetzel my go to spot for this species… I also got a nice closeup encounter with a yellow Warbler after the rain at Wetzel…

Bobolink

Bobolink

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler