Pomarine Jaeger at Walter and Mary Burke Park

I have been hearing about Jaegers at this location for several days now from all of my Macomb birding friends… I have been busy helping out with my parents and have not had time for birding… I escaped this afternoon after work for a quick hour and found Alan Ryff on the pier at the park watching the Jaeger as it made its passes… Soon we were joined by Marc North, Tom Hince and Brandon Aho… the bird made some close passes and I got some good photos in the nice lighting that was there… A lifer for me!!  A rare bird for the Great Lakes.. They nest on arctic tundra and winter in the ocean in the Caribbean.

Pomarine Jaeger – Juvenile

Pomarine Jaeger – Juvenile

Pomarine Jaeger – Juvenile

Pomarine Jaeger – Juvenile

Pomarine Jaeger – Juvenile

Winter Wren and Blue-headed Vireo…

This Winter Wren confused me… He was very light in color and his tail appeared longer than most of them… However, his short straight bill and prominent supercilium were enough to convince me after consulting with Andrew Simon… Most of the ones I have photographed look more dark and he was quiet and I did not hear any call notes…

Blue-headed Vireo

Winter Wren

Winter Wren

Goose Season has begun…. NO, I don’t mean hunting

Geese are on the move migrating through Macomb County… Broughton Rd seems to be the hot spot as large flocks of Canada Geese are landing here to rest for the night… the best time for viewing them is right before dark and first think in the morning. Watch out for Snow, Cackling and Greater White-fronted Geese. Today I refound the Cackling Goose that Brian Mcgee had found last night… very cool… The other day I found American Pipits and when Andrea aka Little Bird Nerd went there there was a Snow goose mixed in with the flock… Awesome… For the 100th time, my birding friends and community rocks… Love these peeps!!

Cackling Goose

Snow Goose

A warm fall season…

I got off work yesteday afternoon and visited a few spots before heading home.. At the Osprey Trail parking lot I had 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Hermit Thrush and a Northern Parula a little ways down the road to the Nature Ctr… I also stopped by 28mi and Teller and found a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets and an Orange crowned Warbler. This warm fall has slowed the wintering species from showing up in good numbers and some migrants that should be heading south are still lingering… The good first cold front and chilly temps should bring in Dark-eyed Juncos and some Tree Sparrows…

Northern Parula

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Birding after the rain… Stony Creek

I got off of work around 3pm and headed home from Royal Oak… I decided I would stop at Stony Creek Metropark for a quick trip to the Osprey trail… I like this spot because I can shoot good bird photos without getting out of my car… still in a boot and nursing a sore foot… It rained very hard as I was pulling into the park… After the rain stopped the bird activity picked up and I got a few good photos including a young Cooper’s Hawk preening in a tree right by the parking lot at the Osprey Trail…

American Robin

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Field Sparrow

Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk

White-crowned Sparrow