American Golden Plover and Black-bellied Plover at Broughton Rd, Macomb Twp

Got up at 730am, enjoying a nice cup of coffee and I get a call from Kevin Rysiewski… He is at Broughton Rd between 25 and 26 mi and he has found a American Golden Plover on the Sod farm there…. I only live a mile away so I headed there and the Plover flew to the very back of the field bordering the Corn Field right before I pulled up. We observed the bird from a distance until it disappeared from our view behind some farm equipment.  Kevin had a couple of photos of the bird, but they were when he first saw it and they were out the car window, and taken in a hurry.. so they are a little blurry… but they are good enough to see the black under tail coverts as the black extended from the neck all the way to the tail…. we were joined shortely by Tom Heatley, Mike Mencotti and Jerry Sniderman… by this time the American Golden Plover had disappeared, but on the other side of broughton there was a Black-bellied Plover in breeding plumage…   I will be keeping on eye on these sod farms for the next couple of weeks and I am hoping on getting an upland sandpiper at some point…

American Golden Plover with black from neck all the way to the tail.... courtesy of Kevin Rysiewski

American Golden Plover with black from neck all the way to the tail…. courtesy of Kevin Rysiewski

Another view of the American Golden Plover... courtesy of Kevin Rysiewski

Another view of the American Golden Plover… courtesy of Kevin Rysiewski

 

Three bird Macomb County day….

Its been awhile since I scored three new birds for my yearly county list…. I am not going crazy building my list this year but I am now at 213 species for the county… Not bad since I am not killing myself… I love this county… so many great spots to bird and good habitats… Not to mention an awesome group of birders who are always willing to share there sightings with each other…  Today at dawn I headed to Stony Creek… My mission was to find the Merlin that Kevin Rysiewski has been seeing all week… I found it in a dead tree in a middle of a field on the road to the nature center… the same tree Kevin has seen it in several times… its just as you cross over 28 mi rd….   Then after work tonite I get my first Olive-sided Flycatcher of the year at LSCMP in a dead tree about 50 yards out in the marsh… I could clearly see its tuxedo vest appearance at a distance even with my binoculars… I took a very long distance shot….. Then I went over and saw the Black-crowned Night Heron in the North Marsh, right in the spot where Tom Heatley had told me about…. This is what I am talking about… I called Tom, told him the Olive-sided was in the tree in point rosa, then he calls me a short time later and says, the Black-crowned Night Heron you are looking for is in the North Marsh…. so cool….   I also came across 100 or so Swallows (mostly Barn) sitting on the wires this morning at Bay Point beach…. they were enjoying the warmth of the sun as it was beginning to rise and I drove by and shot some photos right out my car window…..

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Merlin

Merlin

Olive-sided Flycatcher... a mile away...

Olive-sided Flycatcher… a mile away…

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So much for the shorebird habitat….

I stopped by the pond behind Partridge Creek Mall today… I suspected that after the rain, it was probably flooded… sure enough, its a lake… Its a great spot in Macomb County as long as the water level is down… the pond is actually a drainage ditch for the mall parking lots and surrounding businesses and it only takes a decent rain to fill it up… the good news is that it goes down quickly too…. so hopefully it will be a mud flat again soon…. As I stood looking over the pond at 5pm today, I saw a Common Nighthawk buzzing over the water and the mall parking lot…. it was getting cloudy, ready to rain again, but I took a hail mary shot at it with horrible lighting… I also found an American Kestrel sitting in a tree near the pond/parking lot and snapped a couple of photos…

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Common Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk

 

Baird’s Sandpiper – Walmart/Partridge Creek Mall pond..

I got a text from Ed Lewandowski that a Baird’s Sandpiper had joined up with the Pectoral Sandpiper mob in the pond… I headed that way… I must have just missed Ed, but I found the Bairds easily and managed some long distance photos… they are heavily cropped… The two Stilt Sandpipers still remain…

Baird's Sandpiper

Baird’s Sandpiper

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Baird's Sandpiper

Baird’s Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper

Baird’s Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpipers – Partridge Creek Mall and Gloede Ditch Conservation Area

I woke up early and had two places to hit before I got home and worked around the house… first stop was LSCMP… Nothing new here… Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover x 2 and Spotted Sandpipers… The shorebirding has not been real good here this fall but the whole park is under construction… they are redoing the whole parking lot and adding in ponds and a whole new drainage system…  I can’t wait to see it completed..  I then planned on heading to the pond behind the walmart at Romeo Plank and Hall Rd…. Its been real active with shorebirds and I will be keeping a close eye on this area…. As I am about to get in my car and head that way, I got a call from Tom Heatley who is already there and he has two Stilt Sandpipers… I am there in about 10 minutes and am also joined by Kevin Rysiewski and Jerry Sniderman…  We also had Pectoral , Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers and a Solitary Sandpiper…. Managed a few shots of the Stilt Sandpiper and then headed home…. Nice way to start off my Sunday….

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

 

Here is video of the Stilt Sandpiper… Courtesy of Kevin Rysiewski