Cattle Egret at LSCMP

Wayne Hoch texted me today while I was at work and told me that an Ebird Alert had come to him about a Cattle Egret at Lk St. Clair Metropark. It was found by Dave Lancaster. Wayne headed that way and confirmed it was still there by the North Marsh. Of course the word got out and by the time I got there at 530pm, there was a Macomb Birders Party going on… I love my fellow Macomb Birders!!  The Cattle Egret moved back and forth from the island in the marsh to the grassy area bordering the parking lot..  I took a quick run thru the woods and did not expect to see much this time of day, however I managed to find plenty of Yellow Warblers. There also were Nashville, Palm and Blue-winged Warblers as well as a Common Yellowthroat.

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Pied-billed Grebes

Pied-billed Grebes

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Sandhill Cranes Nesting at Stony Creek Metropark

I went by Stony Creek Metropark yesterday to check out the Sandhill Cranes that are nesting there… there were a pair of Blue-winged Teal and a pair of Green-winged Teal that kept circling the nest… They seemed very curious on why this big bird was sitting on a nest in the middle of a pond…

Sandhill Crane on nest with a Green-winged Teal checking her out

Sandhill Crane on nest with a Green-winged Teal checking her out

Northern Waterthrush and Louisiana Waterthrush Comparison

I took 3 of my photos and put them into one to compare the Northern Waterthrush with the Louisiana… I wish I had taken a better Northern Waterthrush photo to use for this comparison. However, I think its cool to see the more streaky breast of the Northern, the thinner eye stripe behind its eye which is usually more buffy and the streaking into the throat.  The bill is bigger on the Louisiana but that can not be appreciated in this photo… The eyebrow stripe is usually bolder and does not narrow behind the eye and its throat lacks any streaking..

Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush comparison

Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush comparison

Sora at LSCMP and assorted birds…

I stopped by Lk St. Clair Metropark this morning before work… There were a group of Sora (4) running around in the marsh out in the open calling to each other… I don’t usually see them in the open and one of the birds slowly made his toward me… I managed a few closeup photos. This is one of those birds that has been very difficult for me to photograph in the past… So I was very pleased… There were a good number of Loons flying over… 18 of them in an hour and I was not even looking for them… In the Maplewoods there was a FOY Northern Waterthrush… There was another one calling near the first bridge… a Common Gallinule was calling in the South Marsh near the little pond… I took off for work..

After work I stopped by Dodge Park for a quick walk thru the trails and came across a FOY Great-crested Flycatcher…  There were Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets everywhere… I came across a large flock of approx 30 Yellow-rumped Warblers on the Mountain bike trail… There was also a Pine Warbler in this same area… I made my last stop of the evening at Wolcott Mills Metropark and had a Ring-necked Pheasant walk around my vehicle as I idled on Kuntsman Rd… That was very cool….

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Great-crested Flycatcher

Great-crested Flycatcher

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Sora

Sora

Sora

Sora

Sora

Sora

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Post rain birding

I took the day off hoping to get in a little bit of birding… unfortunately it rained all day…  The rain stopped around 3pm and I headed to LSCMP to see what I could see… I hopped on the boardwalk and the Virginia Rails and Sora were calling from all corners… although none were visible… In the Maple woods I discovered that the Louisiana Waterthrush is still hanging around… On the beach there were a good diversity of waterfowl… Canvasback, Redhead, Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Greater and Lesser Scaup and one Pied-billed Grebe.. on the way home I stopped at the standing water area that is east of I94 between 21mi and Hall rd and the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs are still there as well as Solitary Sandpiper… Spotted Sandpipers were near the pond…

Dunlin

Dunlin

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper