Wilson’s Phalarope at 29 & OMO in New Haven

On June 2nd, 2017 Tom Heatley found a pair of Wilson’s Phalarope at the wetland mitigation area off of 29 mi rd just west of Omo.. This area is private land and any viewing of the wetland has to be from the road. However, its a country dirt road with minimal traffic.. There also were Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, White-rumped Sandpipers and Spotted Sandpipers in the same location.

Wilson"s Phalarope

Wilson”s Phalarope

Great Egret

Great Egret

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson’s Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson’s Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson’s Phalarope

Yellow-breasted Chat at Stony Creek Metropark

David Boon found a Yellow-breasted Chat today at Stony Creek Metropark on the Landscape Trail.. It was singing loudly when I got there but it was only giving partial views.. quite the skulker… After everyone left I camped out and it took me an hour just to get some decent photos of it… Such a beautiful bird with a funny personality…

Yellow Breasted Chat

Yellow Breasted Chat

Black and Common Terns at Havey Ensign DNR Boat Launch

I heard yesterday from my birding compadres that Black Terns and Common Terns were at the Harvey Enisign Memorial Boat Launch… Both of these birds are seen every year in small numbers in the county, but do not breed here.. I was told that the Common Terns breed on some of the islands in Lk St. Clair and I know that Black Terns breed in St. Clair County.. This is the first time I have seen them migrating at the same time and hanging out together… They were not real close to shore when I got there, but it was still cool to sit and watch them feeding on the minnows and watch them following the boats as they came out of the marina…

Black Tern

Black Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Black Terns and a Common Tern

Black Terns and a Common Tern

Black Tern

Black Tern

Red-headed Woodpecker

Last year a Red-headed Woodpecker showed up at Stony Creek Metropark and stayed all summer. This year it is back, has made a new nesting hole in a tree. I was there and saw him, but did not see a second bird yet.. So I am not sure if it is a pair or just one bird.. They are in the Oak Grove Picnic Area.. Also in the fields at Oakgrove there is a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks… Woods are getting quiet with migration winding down, but there were still some Blackpoll and Blackburnian Warblers around.

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager