I got a voicemail from Kevin today telling me that he had a Glaucous Gull on the Ice at Stoney… He got a Digiscoped image from across the lake… The bill and the obvious color of the gull look good for a Glaucous… This is suprisingly a good lake for gulls in winter…. There has not been much open water as of late, but when there are pockets of open water, there are usually lots of gulls to look at….
I have seen Townsend’s Solitaires a few times out west, so when the opportunity came today to drive to Lansing and see one, I passed… I had plans with the family…. However, Kevin Rysiewski and Wayne Hoch headed there and by 10am I got a text that they had found the bird… They both sent me photos and Wayne sent me the link to his Video… This bird was a lifer for both of them and a very cool state bird!!! Congrats Guys!!!
I have been wanting to see the resident Carolina Wrens at Budd Park for awhile… This is a little park along Clinton River Rd in Clinton Twp… Kevin Rysiewski has spent a good deal of time birding it and he always tells me about the wrens… So I headed there today… It took me awhile to find them on the Nature Trail that begins near the entrance to the park… The trail bifurcates about a 1/3 of a mile and they can be found in that area… I didn’t find them right away, but soon enough I heard one of them scolding me as I got close to the dead fall area that they were hanging out in….
I had not planned to bird today… I had a big list of things to do… I got a voicemail from Kevin Rysiewski that he had found 5 White-winged Crossbills in the subdivision bordering his… So I headed to Whitby Way and Regency Hills cross roads off of 24 mile looking for the small flock…. I was not successful, but Kevin was kind enough to send me a link to the video that he took…..
Also, congratulations are in order to Brian Mcgee for finding a Gyrfalcon at the DNR point in Harrison Twp… that is an awesome sighting!!
On my way home today from work I stopped by Holland Ponds to see if I could find a Winter Wren that was seen there… No such luck but I did see the American Coot hanging in the Pond with his friend, Mr. Ring-necked Duck…. There also was a ton of Mallards…