Pursuit of Northern Pintail…. Struck out, but still a good day

I headed to Lk. St. Clair Metropark this morning looking for a Northern Pintail… I did not manage to see any but I did manage to see 50+ Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Black Duck, Mallards, Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night Heron and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper…. all in the North Marsh….

I then went by Stoney Creek… it was already late in the morning and there was a charity walk for ALS going on, so the park was crowded…. Not much to report except a nice looking Bald Eagle soared overhead and there was a flock of Canada Geese  near Bay Pointe Beach numbering 200+…. I looked for Cackling Goose and Snow Goose, but there were none to be found…..


Finally got my Camera Back!!! Bonaparte’s Gulls at Stoney Creek

I got the camera back a couple of days ago so I headed out this morning to see what I could see…. I headed to Stoney Creek Eastwood Beach just on the chance that some Snow Goose would be around… I still need them for my 2012 county list…. No luck on those, but there was a group of 7 Bonaparte’s Gulls sitting amongst the Ring-billed and Herring Gulls on the sand… I managed to shoot a couple of photos…. There was a good number of Pied-billed Grebes on the lake….. In the distance I could hear a Red-breasted Nuthatch calling…..  I left there and drove some back roads and found my usual flock of Horned Larks off of Broughton Rd and 26 mile…. There were a good number of Killdeer in the field also and a large flock of Robins…..

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Herring Gull


Hummingbirds still around….

I found out my camera should be ready next week…. I am in serious withdrawals…. I had a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird in the garden today feeding on the Salvia… In addition there was a huge flock of Am Goldfinches numbering around 50 feeding on the Rudbeckia and Cone-flower seeds….  I missed two new birds for my yearly county list… a Northern Pintail at Lk St. Clair Metropark and a pair of Franklin Gulls at Stoney Creek…. Work has been non stop so there has been no time for birding…. Hopefully it slows down soon…..

Red-necked Phalarope – Lk St. Clair Metropark

I got a call from Tom Heatley this morning… he had found a single Red-necked Phalarope(224)  in the North Marsh.. I happen to be near Mt. Clemens so I was there in a few minutes…. It was in Scope range only and working a muddy,weedy area with some Wilson’s Snipe, Pectoral Sandpiper, Killdeer and Semipalmated Plover and Sandpiper… A short time before I arrived Tom had seen a Northern Harrier buzzing the Marsh and a flock of Long-billed Dowitchers….. Kevin Rysiewski was also there and after a few minutes of enjoying there company it was back to work for me…  On call this weekend…. The camera is still in the shop, so no pictures, but those birds were way out there…..

Update: 9/17/2012. The Picture below was taken by Barb Baldinger… I give Barb credit for attempting a photo at that range and I appreciate her letting me post it on my blog… The Phalarope was seen at the North Marsh today by another birder….

Red-necked Phalarope photographed by Barb Baldinger…