sign that its still freaking cold out there…. another Northern Shrike!! Arrrrgh!!

Found my 6th Northern Shrike since November… This one was at 27mi and Werderman shortly after day break this morning… I took a short cut (or long cut) as I was going to work and figured I would check to see if there were any Rusty Blackbirds in this area. They have usually arrived by now, and low and behold a Shrike was sitting in a tree right on the corner… I took a few pics from my car window and was on my way… The way this weather has been, I will be seeing Northern Shrikes all the way into May!!! This may be the same bird that Brian Mcgee saw at Omo and 26 mi rd a few days ago… According to Ebird, this is that latest one has been recorded in Macomb County in the last 10 years… I would be curious who has seen them at Wetzel into April….

I love that you can see blood on his bill from his last meal… never saw that before on a Shike that I photographed….

Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

I’m sick of the cold!!!

I went out for a short bit today… It was sunny but cold… I need some warm weather soon or I am going to freak out… just sayin….  I checked the ponds north of 27mi Rd at Wetzel State Park… There is still a good number of Ring-necked Ducks and Redhead… Not much else there… Rusty Blackbirds have still not arrived although I expect them within the next week…

Stoney Creek Osprey trail also was slow… there were some Canada Geese, half a dozen Gadwall, a female Ruddy Duck and an American Wigeon… There were some ducks at the North Dam, but I did not stop and scope them….

A hundred yard shot of the American Wigeon from across the lake... He never ventured close

A hundred yard shot of the American Wigeon from across the lake… He never ventured close

 

Northern Saw-whet Owl….. First one I have seen since my Teens…

I was a teenager the last time I saw a Northern Saw-whet Owl… So when I heard that one was found by Kim Smith, I headed out with Kevin Rysiewski to see it… I don’t chase much outside of Macomb County… I just like birding closer to home and enjoy birding with my Macomb compadres.. However, this bird I drove on over to Oakland County to see…. I do not list locations of Owls on my blog unless the location or nest is well known…

We located the Owl rather quickly and as is usual for Northern Saw-whet Owls, it was sleeping in the middle of a pine… The Owl could care less about our presence… (well, thats probably not true… they hold real still as part of there defense) it was about 15ft up in the middle of the pine and with overcast skies, photographing it was a challenge… Thank goodness for high ISO and noise reduction software…. LOL!!

Kim, congrats on finding a splendid bird… nothing will get the birding juices flowing like finding a great bird… and this is a splendid bird….

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl... one of the few times it opened its eyes..

Northern Saw-whet Owl… one of the few times it opened its eyes..

Once in awhile the owl would puff up all his feathers as it slept...

Once in awhile the owl would puff up all his feathers as it slept…

Looks like its going to blow up!!

Looks like its going to blow up!!

Getting ready to barf up a pellet...

Getting ready to barf up a pellet…

Owl barfing up a Pellet

Owl barfing up a Pellet

 

Wetzel State Park – Ducks Galore

Stopped by Wetzel today after work… there were about 140 Ring-necked Ducks and about 50 Redhead… There also were Common Mergansers, two Wood Ducks, Bufflehead, one American Coot, Hooded Mergansers and the flock of Common Redpolls… However, the Redpoll numbers have decreased… there were about a dozen in the flock today…

Also at the Pond at Walmart on Hall Rd and Romeo Plank there was a Great Blue Heron, 3 Black Ducks and a bunch of Mallards..

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks taking off

Ring-necked Ducks taking off

After work birding

When  I got off of work today, I took my usual birding tour… Started a Lk. St. Clair Metropark… Highlights were a couple of dozen Hooded Merganser and one Male Northern Harrier in the North Marsh… I moved to Brandenburg Park in New Baltimore next… a large raft of Canvasbacks and Redheads on the water… 2 Bald Eagles soared high overhead… The Landfill on 28 mi rd and Frost had a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls flying overhead and a few Red-tailed Hawks around… Wetzel was dead, but I only birded from my car… too cold to hike in scrubs… Next I went by Stoney Creek Metropark and saw 6 Male Wild Turkey going into the park and there was a good flock of ducks at the North Marsh….

Bald Eagle High Overhead at Brandenburg Park, New Baltimore

Bald Eagle High Overhead at Brandenburg Park, New Baltimore

Large Flock of Ring-billed Gulls at Landfill at 28mi and Frost Rd

Large Flock of Ring-billed Gulls at Landfill at 28mi and Frost Rd

Wild Turkeys at Stoney Creek Metropark

Wild Turkeys at Stoney Creek Metropark