Ruffed Grouse…. elusive bird…

I spoke with Kevin today and he reported that Brandon had flushed a Ruffed Grouse on the Osprey Trail at Stoney Creek…. I flushed one in the same area back in January and was thinking that I was going to be the only one to see one in that location…. There aren’t many there and it takes luck to run into one…. Too bad dogs are not allowed…. My Vizsla would find one..    😉

Purple Finch and Stilt Sandpiper…. No, not at the same place…

After speaking with Kevin yesterday and viewing his pictures of the Purple Finches at Stoney Creek Metropark, I decided to head there and give it a try… Well, what would you know, Mr. Stoney Creek himself was there… we looked for and found the Purple Finches and I was able to get a couple of shots… They were located across the road from the Osprey Trail…  They seem to like to hang out in a couple of the dead trees there….. I also found an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the same area…

As soon as I got home from work I got a call from Kevin who tells me that Tom Heatley has a Stilt Sandpiper at Wetzel…. I of course being the birder I am, peel out of my driveway and head that way… I only live 15 minutes from Wetzel so I was there in no time…. I found Tom on the north end of the pond north of 27 mile road with a Stilt Sandpiper in his scope, amongst a group of G Yellowlegs and a few Wilson Snipe…. The sun was glaring down on the water and the birds were on a mud island in the middle of the pond, so they were out of my Lens reach, but I will try again later…. Very Cool….. It continues to be such an awesome year for birding in Macomb County!!!!

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Olive-sided Flycatcher

 

Fall Warblers

I have had a busy weekend with a Birthday party for the teenagers, so birding has not been on the list of things to do… I spoke with Kevin Rysiewski today who came upon a group of Warblers bathing in one of the canals at Lk St. Clair Metropark….  It reminded me of a time years ago when I was birding with Rick Simek who was a naturalist at the time at the park… It was toward the end of August and we had 20+ Warbler species… so often people abandon birding for birds in the fall, only paying attention to the spring… but it can be a very cool experience with all the young birds moving thru and fall plumages…. click on link below for Kevin’s video…

warbler cluster

Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Lk St. Clair Metropark

I am gonna take Tom and Kevin out to dinner before the end of this year… They have let me know of so many birds lately that I am very, very grateful… Today I got a text from Kevin informing me that a Buff-breasted Sandpiper (220) was at Lk St. Clair Metropark (found by Tom Heatley)…. This was in the morning and boy was I stressed… I was totally swamped at work with no opportunity to get away…. I sent Kevin a text and told him to tie a rock to its leg so it would be there when I got off….  So, I had to wait until the end of my work day and headed to the beach… Thankfully it was still there!!!   I managed to relocate it with Kevin and snapped a few photos and left it alone… I am sure a few more people were gonna head that way and I did not want to scare it off….  Two years in a row that one of these has shown up at Metro… pretty sweet…. Unfortunately the sun was on the wrong angle and the buffiness is sort of washed out, but still managed some decent pics…..

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper… nice wing shot!!

Buff-breasted Sandpiper