Last couple of days – Flycatchers and Vireos and misc

I am behind on posting to my blog… When I am not working or birding, my spring list of stuff to do around the house has been sitting idle too long, plus my wife is starting to tell me that she feels like a birding widow…

I have been seeing Canada, Tennesee, American Redstarts, Northern Parula and Wilson’s just about everywhere I go… I finally found a Mourning Warbler at Nicholson Nature Ctr.. For some reason everyone had seen one this spring but myself…

Flycatchers are everywhere right now and its Emp heaven.. Alder, Willow, Yellow-bellied and Great Crested Flycatchers at Nicholson Nature Center yesterday and today. Eastern Wood Pewee are calling from all over the place… I even had a couple of nice Eastern Phoebes by the bridge at Stony Creek nature Ctr…

Red-eyed, Warbling and Yellow-throated Vireos were all on the habitat trail at Stony Creek Nature Center today. In addition to those I found Acadian Flycatchers in there usual spot where they breed every year…

Both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos are moving thru the area right now and both were seen yesterday at LSCMP and today at the Inwood Trails at Stony Creek.

Canada Warbler singing

Canada Warbler singing

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

House Wren

House Wren

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

 

Blue Grosbeak at Lk St. Clair Metropark

What away to start my week!! Blue Grosbeak at Lk. St. Clair Metropark this evening found by Brandon Aho. A gorgeous bird to say the least. When I left at 8pm it was hanging out at the dump area near the service rd, across from the golf course. A new Macomb County Record and my first in Michigan.

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Migration is showing signs of winding down…..

Although I am sure we may get a wave or two before its over, migration seems to be winding down… Many of the late spring migrants are already here although I am still looking for a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher… My targets for this week. A couple  of days ago I found a Willet in Chesterfield Twp.. It was on the other side of a flooded area and required a scope, so no good images.. but a cool bird.. I also had a couple of Blackpoll Warblers yesterday at LSCMP and 4 Scarlet Tanagers at Nicholson Nature Ctr…

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Scarlet Tanager in the bright sunlight... its almost better to photograph these in the shade, since there brilliant color washes out the photo

Scarlet Tanager in the bright sunlight… its almost better to photograph these in the shade, since there brilliant color washes out the photo

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Pointe Mouillee today

I was going to bird Macomb County today, but after Jerry Jourdon posted his sightings from Pointe Mouillee yesterday, I knew I had to change my plans… I made a last minute decision, picked up Kevin Rysiewski and we headed there… We were making our way out to cell 3 when we bumped into Mary Trombley and Scott Jennex heading toward the parking lot.. After a few minutes of speaking with them and getting some tips on where to look for the “rarities” that were there, Kevin and I continued our long walk… we figured we walked 7 miles today. In the Vermet Unit we found 2 Snowy Egrets, 4 White-faced Ibis and 1 Tricolored Heron. In cell 3 there were thousands of shorebirds and we found the previously reported Little Gull, Red-necked Phalarope and a 1000 Dunlin. There were also Black-bellied Plovers, American Golden Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers and 1 Whimbrel..  There were Sanderlings as well running along the mud flats. Ruddy Turnstones and Least Sandpipers were along the banks near the Vermet unit and there were some semipalmated Plovers and sandpipers in Cell 3… It was a great day with great birds…

Red-necked Phalarope from  about a 100 yards...

Red-necked Phalarope from about a 100 yards…

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Little Gull and Bonapartes Landing at the same time

Little Gull and Bonapartes Landing at the same time

Little Gull showing M pattern on wings

Little Gull showing M pattern on wings

Little Gull showing M pattern on wings

Little Gull showing M pattern on wings

Little Gull

Little Gull

Osprey best

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

 

Dunlin

Dunlin

mix of Dowitchers, Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones

mix of Dowitchers, Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Ruddy Turnstone in flight

Ruddy Turnstone in flight

Flycatcher kind of a day

Today I found the Olive-sided Flycatcher first reported by Brandon Aho at LSCMP.. It was on the meadowloop in the same tree Brandon had found it in… For some reason I find these more in the fall than the spring.. so cool sighing… I also had a Willow and Alder both calling at Wetzel… at one point as I was trying to get a photo of the Alder, the Willow came in and chased it… flew to a branch and gave a loud Fitzbew… The Alder waited a minute and came back with its call…

Willow Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher