Went looking for a Wood Duck…. Look what I found…

took a quick run to Metrobeach today…. as I was making my way around the trails I noticed that the opening of the Wood Duck box was plugged… as I got closer, I noticed that a Screech Owl (83) was sitting in the opening enjoying the sun…. I slowly moved closer and managed a couple of pics…. I also saw a ton of Red-winged Blackbirds and a few Common Grackles (84) along the trail… I Am. Coot was sitting in the small pond near the bridge….. I also had my first Killdeer (82) of the year calling loudly as it flew over my house this morning… this is 6 days sooner than last year…

Screech Owl

Red-winged Blackbird

American Coot

Up North…..

I haven’t posted on my blog in quite a few days… I have been sick.. my cold turned into Pneumonia, so birding has been non existent…. However, I did head up north Monday with my two boys to hang out in Glen Arbor for a few days… We stayed at my friends cabin that sits on top of Miller Hill overlooking Glen Lake… best view around…. When we first arrived on Monday, we were greeted with the sight of Bald Eagles riding the thermals along the hill side, above and below the cabin… Unfortunately I was not able to get a photo of the Adults as they flew by, but I managed a few of the Juvenile Bald Eagle…. On this trip I saw 6 Eagles…. they are amazing… I could watch them all day long…. click on photos to enlarge

Imm Bald Eagle

 

Today, we left Glen Arbor and headed to my Uncle and Aunts home in Alpena for a visit… they have this awesome log cabin home tucked into the middle of a cedar swamp…. Its very cool back in the pines… They have a number of feeders and the amount of birds in their yard is amazing… besides the Pileated Woodpecker that visits the suet daily (of course, it doesn’t show when I am there…), they had Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, both species of Nuthatches, a million Chickadees and a large flock of Pine Siskins moving thru the tree tops…

Pine Siskin

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Downy and Hairy Woodpecker shot with Iphone

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Peregrine Falcon – standing guard at the court

I had to see a patient at an office in downtown Mt. Clemens today… as I was leaving I got on North Gratiot… as I was passing by the Macomb County Court building, I noticed that one of the Peregrine Falcons (81) that nest on the building was perched on a ledge on the Northeast corner, about half the way up… I have gone there a couple times in the last 2 months to look for them and have not lucked out… today, I am just driving by and there it is… They have nested on the building for a number of years…

Too sick to bird…. at least its freezing outside

I am home sick this weekend… feel like a truck ran over me… so no birding… on the bright side, birding in 20 degree weather is not my favorite thing to do….  February is almost half way over and I still need a Rough-Legged Hawk, Golden-crowned Kinglets and those White-winged Crossbills that have been seen at Stoney Creek by multiple people except for me…  I am 90 percent positive that I saw a Light Morph RLHA sitting on a sign at 26 mile rd and I-94 on Thursday when I was on my way to Port Huron for work… Unfortunately I was going 80MPH with cars behind me and in front, and not really able to slam on the breaks to get a better look… On the way back from Port Huron, I did not see any Hawks in that same area…. I will be targeting that same area until I can confirm it… I would love to Photograph it…. Here is a photo of one I took last year, same week, in the same area…

 

Rough-legged Hawk 2011

 

Carolina Wren…. River Bends Shelby twp

Kevin R told me about a Carolina Wren that he saw at River Bend Park in Shelby Twp… He had a blurred photo… but it was easy to tell by the photo what bird he had moving thru the thick brush… I headed to the park in the late afternoon to the same spot he had seen it.. it was singing loudly… I love that song…. Also heard a cool buzzy song from above and spotted a couple of Pine Siskins…. I was there for about 10 minutes and gone with the Carolina Wren (80) in my bag!!

Pine Siskin