Snow Buntings and Common Redpolls…. Just hanging out on Broughton Rd

Took a spin by Broughton Rd and 26 Mile tonight on the way home from work…  The large flock of Redpolls were present in the fields on the eastern side of Broughton between 26 mi and 27 mi rd… I pulled over, grabbed my camera and then when the flock took to the air, I saw the familiar pattern of Snow Buntings… I counted about 20 of them hanging with the Redpolls… They would not come close to the road like the Redpolls… every 15 minutes or so the flock would come and sit on the wires and on the tall plants on the side of the road… then they would fly back down to the field to hang with the buntings… There were also a couple dozen Horned Larks that were field hopping…. I am glad this is an irruption type of a year… I like the personalities on these little guys… I looked for a Hoary among the 100 birds in this flock, but did not see one white rump in the bunch….

Mixed Flock of Snow Buntings and Common Redpolls

Mixed Flock of Snow Buntings and Common Redpolls

Snow Buntings a long ways off feeding in the field

Snow Buntings a long ways off feeding in the field

 

Varied Thrush – Oakland County

There is a home in Oakland County that has a Varied Thrush that had been visiting there yard for a couple of weeks… I got an invite to be there on Sunday to see the bird, but unfortunatly I had to fly to Boston for work… However, two of my birding friends, Kevin Rysiewkski and Wayne Hock were able to view it on Sunday…. what a cool bird to see in Michigan!!

 

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

Interesting January

I am not going crazy on listing this year…. I get out when I can and see what I can see…. at the end of the year, what I got, is what I got…. I do however find it interesting that I am only 1 bird off of last years January total….  Highlights of the Month are Hoary Redpoll, Cackling Goose and Lesser Black-backed Gull…. Bring on Febuary!!