Came across a huge flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds and a few Rusty Blackbirds at 28 mi Rd and Wolcott Rd…. I was able to photograph the Rustys but since my computer is still in the shop, pics will have to wait… Birded a few areas, Holland Ponds and Wolcott Mills…. Not much to see out there… the Heron Rookery at Holland Ponds is impressive… there must be 20 breeding pairs… Looking forward to warmer weather… the frogs were singing last night for the first time this year and I found a Mourning Cloak at Holland Ponds….
It wont be until friday until I hear whats wrong with my computer… I have not been birding much anyways… with no change in the weather, I have seen a majority of the birds in my area…. waiting for the next wave which I anticipate will be this weekend. Tree Swallows, rusty Blackbirds, Field Sparrows, Eastern Towhee,Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Fox Sparrows, Forster’s Terns and a few others should be back in decent numbers very soon…..
As I sit here at my kitchen table drinking coffee, its 615am, dark outside and the Woodcock are calling like crazy… they have been doing there sky dance every morning and evening…. The odd thing is that when it gets warmer, they will do it a dusk and dawn and you can see them take off, do there dance and then come zooming back to earth at a million mile and hour and land…. but they only do it during lit hours when its a little warmer out…. You can sit out in the dark and know when they took off by the cool sounds they make when they are up in the air…. its just more fun to actually watch them…..
I went to Lk. St. Clair Metropark yesterday to meet up with Wayne Hoch. I have some camera equipment that I am selling and he wanted to try it out… So we walked the trails behind the Nature Ctr…. What a difference a year makes… Last year, spring was here in full force… who am I kidding… early summer was here… This year, winter refuses to let go of its grasp on us… It was cold but we walked the trails none the less…. We had an Imm Red-tailed Hawk put on a show for us as it pounced on something in the marsh just a few feet from us… The female Great Horned Owl was sitting up high in her nest and could easily be seen…. We had a fly over of a couple of Trumpeter/Tundra Swans… Other than the zillion Red-winged Blackbirds, there was not much else in the Marsh..
I got home and began downloading my pictures when I got the BSoD… thats the Blue Screen of Death… I worked all afternoon to see what that was about, but never did figure it out… so off to the shop to get it looked at…
I birded at Inwood this morning… It was chilly, but it warmed up after awhile. There was nothing earth shattering… I did get a Pileated Woodpecker in the same area that I had it last year in March… the trail straight back from the parking lot until it begins to curve to the right… There are some trees in the middle of the woods there that its been hammering away on… Song Sparrows were singing every where and there were lots of Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds.. I did not see a Fox Sparrow, which was one of my targets… Oh, well… a nice walk none the less….
Eastern Meadowlarks are back at Wolcott Mills Metropark across from the entrance on Kuntsman Rd… There were two singing in the fields today.. I also got a quick glimpse of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the woods bordering the parking lot… I forgot to post on my blog that I had a Trumpeter Swan at Wetzel on earlier this week… I see them at Stoney Creek often, but not at wetzel…