The New Year….

I haven’t posted recently… I’ve been super busy. However I have gotten a chance to get out and bird, mostly in Macomb County. We have a Mockingbird hanging around in Ray Twp that was found by Joanna Pease on the CBC this year… There is an abundance of berries at 28mi and Wolcott where its been hanging so I think it will stick around until its food source is gone… There is a smattering of Snow Buntings in the county but I have not been able to locate a Lapland Longspur yet for the new year… Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Shrikes are around and are being reported by multiple people. A Red-shouldered Hawk was found by Andrea Meldrum at LSCMP. Pine Siskins have been making there rounds at feeders but no sign of common Redpolls as of yet…. Today I got a call from Tom Hince. He and Kathi were out birding and found a juvenile Iceland Gull in a parking lot in Richmond. A very tame bird who allowed for some close up photos…

Iceland Gull

Iceland Gull

Iceland Gull

Snow Bunting

Northern Mockingbird

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