Quick Stop at LSCMP

Stopped by LSCMP on the way home and bumped into Mike and Doris on the trail…  For those who do not know Mike, he and his wife are wonderful photographers and I enjoy there photos immensely . I have a link to them on my blog here… http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikedee-photos/ check it out… We did not see a ton in the way of birds, but we did get to see the Mink that has been seen in the park and a beautiful Eastern Comma Butterfly, my first of the year…. In the Pointe Rosa Marsh we tried to coax out a Virginia Rail … there were three of them in the same area… finally one came out into the open…. unfortunately it was with the sun behind the bird and glare off of the water… so it was not the best exposure…. I of course informed Mike and Doris that I like to call my “wrong exposure” shots “artistic shots”…. LOL…..

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mink

Mink

Virginia Rail peaking out of the marsh

Virginia Rail peaking out of the marsh

Virginia Rail - the glare off of the water made this a very difficult shot... still a cool bird!!

Virginia Rail – the glare off of the water made this a very difficult shot… still a cool bird!!

A walk before dusk behind the house – Wilson’s Snipe and Spotted Sandpiper

I got home around 7pm tonite… the sun was bright and I had a little bit of shooting time… I headed out behind the house… I put up a dozen Wilson’s Snipe… One of them was winnowing overhead for at least an hour while I was out there… Spotted Sandpipers are back… I love these little guys…. One managed to be cooperative while I got a few photos… In the pond there were a few Ring-necked Ducks, a couple of Pied-Billed Grebes and a pair of Northern Shovelers….

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

LSCMP – Nothing in AM, Yellow-headed Blackbird in the evening

I went to Lake St. Clair Metropark this morning… I was hoping to photograph the Virginia Rails that have been hanging near the gazebo… but they were call about 20 yards out in the marsh and I could not get them to move closer to me… The woods were quiet… There were many Hermit Thrush and Ruby-crowned Kinglets around… I found two Winter Wrens and a Wilson’s Snipe was in the Pointe Rosa Marsh… The Sapsucker migration is beginning to slow… I only saw one today…  I got home and got messages from Brian Mcgee and Kevin Rysiewski that the male Yellow-headed Blackbird that had been in the feeder in the AM was there again… it was about 4pm and I hopped in my car and headed back… When I got there, Darlene Friedman was there photographing the bird… It came back and forth into the feeders and the sun was moving behind the trees, so lighting was not the best…. I didn’t bring my flash with me… figures…. Still managed some photos…..

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Using a tonal contrast tool in photoshop... I like the change to the water... thrush?

Using a tonal contrast tool in photoshop… I like the change to the water… thrush?

 

Winter Wren

Winter Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

 

 

Crazy Wilson’s Snipe

Today, as the thunderstorms were closing in, a Wilson’s Snipe put on quite a display in the back of the house…. It was flying high and winnowing and as the winds picked up it refused to go to the ground… then it began to rain and you could see it having a hard time flying…. only when the rain drops increased substantially in size and numbers did he finally head to the ground in a spectacular dive…. They are loving the rain and the wet area behind the house….

I forgot to post a couple of pics yesterday… No big deal… The one is an American Goldfinch coming into his summer colors… he sat nicely for me, so I obliged and took his photo and the other was a shy Ruby-crowned Kinglet who would not show me his Ruby crown… the little bugger!!

 

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Half Day Off – birding it is…

I went to a few places today with my taking the half day off of work… LSCMP was very slow… a few Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a Wilsons Snipe… There were many Hermit Thrush… Wolcott Mills Metropark was next and I got my FOY Eastern Towhee and Pine Warbler…. They were both on the Mother Earth Trail… At 28mi and Kuntsman, I found a swarm of Barn Swallows…. At 28 mi and Teller I found a couple of Vesper Sparrows…. I also heard a Ring-necked Pheasant in this area…. When I go home, I looked out in my yard and saw a big flock of Wilson’s Snipe come in for a landing… I went out into the wet fields and flushed them….

flock of snipe

flock of snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher