Went by Stony Creek Metropark today… I still need Acadian Flycatcher and Yellow-throated Vireo for my yearly list… I found both rather easily… The Habitat trail is good for both species behind the nature center… I found two pairs of Yellow-throated Vireo near the high point on the trail and the Acadian was on the trail right past the powerlines… It has nested there for a few years… very easy to find since its calling all the time… The bonus was finding a pair of Scarlet Tanagers about 10 feet off the ground and only a few feet from me… I interrupted there copulating session and he sat there and glared at me for a few minutes before I left… I guess I can’t blame him….
Yellow-throated Vireo.. best shot I could get as this dude would not come down from the canopy
I got a call from Kevin Rysiewski a couple days ago to tell me that Tom Heatley had found a Tricolored Heron at LSCMP.. I was at work and figured that I would go and see it after work if it was still around… It wasn’t …. Tom found it again the next day and when I saw the pictures of it that Tom took that Alan Ryff posted, I was bummed out… Today I see a post on Facebook that a person saw it at 1100 am today… I called Tom and he was going to go there and see if he could find it for a third day… By the time I got to the park, Tom already had it in his scope… I love my Birding friends… Then as I go to pull out my camera, I discover that my battery is dead… After beating myself and chanting, “your so stupid”, I was offered a battery from Mike Dziadosz… THANK YOU MIKE!! I OWE YOU ONE!!!….. We watched the Heron for quite awhile at a distance and it was not moving closer… we moved down to the mucky marsh and slowly made our way with in shooting distance… It was very brave… got some shots and when I left it was still feeding…
I got back from vacation and have been going crazy with work… only chance I have had to bird is a few minutes after work here and there… I did see something very strange at Stony Creek Metropark… A Cliff Swallow apparently hung itself on a piece of string that was probably used to build its nest… Not really sure… very bizarre… I found a Savannah Sparrow in the rain who was finding grubs, one after another, and taking them to his nest… He was an impressive little hunter… I also found 3 Turkey Vultures sitting in a field in the rainy weather, hanging out near the road… Hard to believe when they are soaring overhead that they can look so creepy… (I know, some of you think they are cool looking..)…. I did manage to see and hear a Black-billed Cuckoo at Wetzel State Park in the parking lot area off of 27 mi rd… this is a great spot to find Cuckoos… Look forward to birding this weekend…
Cliff Swallow who accidentally hung itself
Cliff Swallow in nest at Eastwood Beach Stony Creek Metropark
Birding was slow this morning at Lake St. Clair Metropark although the White-rumped Sandpiper was reported to be on the beach. I could not locate it but I did come into a flock of a dozen Ruddy Turnstones… there also were a good number of Least Sandpipers and Dunlin and one Semipalmated Sandpiper.. there were about a dozen Semipalmated Plovers there also… I had a Canada Warbler and Tennessee Warbler in the Maple Woods along with some American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers and Northen Waterthrush… There also were quite a few Blackpoll Warblers around.. Kevin, Wayne and I got to see 2 Least Bitterns near the small pond…. FOY for me…
Kevin and I ended up with 179 Species for the MOO Count. We had 30 Warbler Species. I put 704.5 miles on the car with total engine time of 18hr and 45 min… It was a great time and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to give it a go… We only walked about 20 miles…. We each found 5 ticks on ourselves… Gross!! We averaged 5 hours of sleep a night…. And I would do it all over again…. Fantastic Time!!!
Sun setting at Pointe Mouillee as our 3 day birdathon was coming to a close. Photographed by Kevin Rysiewski
Here is video that Kevin made with some of our highlights from our MOO count..