American Bittern

This afternoon I got a text from Kevin Rysiewski that Tom Heatley saw an American Bittern(219) fly across the South Marsh at Lk St. Clair Metropark near the Gazebo and landed in the Marsh… I headed that way and because I was short on time, I just grabbed my binoculars and left the camera in the car… When I arrived at the spot I found Kevin, Tom, Mike and Doris waiting by the marsh… It would not respond to the recording.   I made my way up the wooden path to the gazebo platform. Soon everyone  joined me and Kevin noticed the reeds in the marsh moving…. Tom had left and was on the trail at the bottom of the gazebo when all of a sudden I saw the Bittern fly out of the marsh and land 20 yards from all of us…. It took one look at the 5 sets of eyes on it and took off flying…  Dark flight feathers contrasting with paler upper wings…. Awesome!

New addition of the Butterfly Garden – Pecks Skipper

Playing with my Macro Lens in the garden today…. First time I have seen Pecks Skippers… They were battleing with the Fiery Skippers on the Butterfly Bush…. Click to enlarge

Olive-sided Flycatcher Lk St. Clair Metropark

Yesterday there were two reported Olive-sided Flycatchers at Lk St.Clair Metropark…. I went there and found two flycatchers that I photographed in the dark shaded area with the sun beaming in my camera…. After looking at the shots, I was not sure they were the flycatchers…. Today, Tom Heatley called me and informed me that one of them was sitting in the middle of Pointe Rosa marsh on the tip of a dead tree…. I headed there and got out my scope and sure enough it was sitting in the same tree he described… I needed a scope to get a good look at it…. I went back to my car, put on the knee high rubber boots and headed out toward the tree…. I managed a few shots from a long distance and although not close up, its easy to identify the bird…. One of the shots even shows the white tufts above the rump as it takes flight….  Macomb County species 218 for the year…. Nice!!

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

 

Butterflies have discovered the Butterfly Bush

Kevin stopped by today and we birded the area behind my house… Not much in the way of anything interesting except there were about 20 different species of Butterflies around… I noticed that the Butterfly Bush in my Hummingbird/Butterfly garden has been getting lots of attention, so I broke out the Macro Lens and set up shop….. Highlights in my hour of shooting were a couple of Moths, a Hummingbird Clearwing and a Snowberry Clearwing that showed up at the same time…. very cool…..

Viceroy

Fiery Skipper

Buckeye

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing