stopped by Lk St. Clair Metropark right as the sun was rising… only had a short time to bird before I headed to work… Golden-crowned Kinglets are still abundant and they are being joined by Ruby-crowned Kinglets… I saw at least a dozen of them today and over 50 Golden-crowns.. Winter Wrens are moving thru now and there were sparrows everywhere… with White-throated Sparrows being the most abundant. I saw two Orange-crowned Warblers today as well as a couple of Nashville, Black-throated Blue and Common Yellowthroat… There was a Blue-headed Vireo on the meadow loop trail… I got a chance to sneak up on a Juvenile Coopers Hawk that was sitting on a fallen over dead tree… I managed some photos and a video…..
Here is some video of the young Coopers Hawk
At dawn I stopped by Stony Creek and was out of there by 0730… There were Canada Geese everywhere including a couple of Cackling Goose and over at Mt. Vernon Picnic area there were two Lesser Yellowlegs and 6 Pectoral Sandpipers on the mudflat… There were some warblers working there way along the tree line there by the parking lot… In addition to the Palm, Nashville and Yellow-rumped Warblers, I found a Blue-headed Vireo… After work I stopped by Lk St Clair Metropark and the whole nature area was full of Golden-crowned Kinglets… There also were a few warbers around… Palm, American Redstart, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat and a Magnolia… It was a great day for Sparrows as they are beginning to move through… White-throated, White-crowned, Clay-colored, Swamp, Field, Song and 1 Lincolns Sparrow… The Clay-colored was a complete surprise… a Juvenile bird… very friendy and curious… and it was sitting in the marsh on a dead tree… bizarre!! I also had 3 Eastern Phoebes in the park…
Went to Stony Creek Metropark this morning… I checked out Eastwood beach first thing in the morning… a Semi-palmated Sandpiper and an American Pipit were there… then I headed to Winter Cove picnic area and crossed the rock bridge since the water levels are low (they are lowering the lake level so they can work on the bridge)…. There are nice mudflats surrounding the island so I went looking for shorebirds…. There were 6 Pectoral Sandpipers on the flats, Wood and Black Ducks, Killdeer, a pair of Kingfishers and Great Egrets and Great-blue Herons…. I came across a flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers numbering approx 30-40 birds…. they were everywhere… I met up with Kevin and we headed over to Inwood to see if we could spot any birds of prey… for the day I had an Juvenile Bald Eagle, 2 Coopers Hawks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk and 4 Red-tailed Hawks… I saw the resident Merlin over by the island buzzing the shorebirds who took off…. I don’t know if they returned…. I also had fun watching a Green Heron hunt off of the edge of the stone bridge…. totally friendly little guy….
Green Heron caught right in the middle of his dive for a minnow
Green Heron walking away with his catch
Green Heron right after he lifted his head out of the water
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk as the sun illuminated his wings
Juvenile Bald Eagle… soaring high… major crop on this photo
I drove the back roads of Macomb County today looking for hawks… Not much to see… 1 coopers, 1 American Kestrel and 1 Red-tailed Hawk… There were about 40 Turkey Vultures at the dump site on 28 mile rd near New Haven.. I did come across a small pocket of warblers on 28 mile near New Haven Rd… Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, Palm and a Tennessee Warbler… There also were a small group of Indigo Buntings… most were females and juveniles…
Birded at two locations today after work… Lk St. Clair Metropark and Stony Creek Osprey Trail…. Warbers at LSCMP included Magnolia, Tennesee, N Parula, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Blackpoll and American Redstart… I found one Great Crested Flycatcher and one emp… grayish, probaly a least… At Stony I met Kevin at the Osprey trail and there was no warblers that we found but we did manage to find a Sandhill Crane in the pond.. we saw a few Eastern Towhee, a Brown Thrasher and a few Gray Catbirds… We also had an Osprey and a young Coopers Hawk at Eastwood Beach..
Green Heron – you can appreciate how the eyes are looking forward when his head is tilted upward
Sandhill Crane preening
Black throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler