Monday I had to go to Cleveland for work… I left Monday afternoon and got back this evening… I stopped at Magee on the way down monday and got there about 4ish… I got rained on pretty hard and the camera spent most of its time inside my rain coat… However, I still saw 18 species of Warblers with the highlights being a Mourning and a female Golden-winged…
Tonight after I got back in the area I headed over to Dodge Park to look at a Common Nighthawk perched up in a tree… It was found by Jeff Steinmetz today and when Kevin Rysiewski told me about it, I had to go and photograph it… Nice to see them this way rather than flying over my house…. I then went to Wetzel State Park and found the Sedge Wren that nests there every year… while in the parking lot I heard a Black-billed Cuckoo calling… I also heard my first Fitz-bew of the year and was glad that Willow Flycatchers had returned.
I headed down Teller on the way home and found a Black-billed Cuckoo near the road by the bridge… It gave me some great shots as it flew back and forth across the road in the thickets and woods there… I need to go and find a Yellow-billed Cuckoo this weekend…
I spent the last 2 days birding very hard. 12 hours a day. So I promised the wife that I would only bird the morning today and spend the rest of the day taking care of the yard.. I kept my promise until Brandon Aho called me. He had found a Wilson’s Phalarope off of Town Centre Rd, just north of Hall Rd. So I turned off the mower, hopped in my car and headed there. The Phalarope was out in the middle of the very large flooded area so my photos are massively cropped.
Yesterday the trees were dripping with birds… Today, Not so much.. I did manage a FOY Wilson’s Warbler at LSCMP. In fact, there were Wilson’s at every park I visited today. The day before, there were none. I visited Nicholson Nature Center in the AM and it was slow and the river had crested over night and the whole park was flooded. So I left there and went to Dodge Park. There were a decent variety of Warblers to see and a nice Scarlet Tanager, but the numbers were low. This Evening I went back to Nicholson Nature Ctr on a tip from Brandon Aho, and got my FOY Bay-breasted Warbler. There were also 3 Scarlet Tanagers in that location… Tomorrow my target is a Mourning Warbler that was seen by Brandon today at LSCMP…
Scarlet Tanager – female
Scarlet Tanager – female
I birded at several locations today. Ford House, LSCMP, Nicholson Nature Ctr in Clinton Twp, Stony Creek East lake trail and Ford Field. 22 Warbler species with highlights being 2 Golden-winged Warblers and a Prothonotary Warbler at Nicholson Nature Ctr.
I also had FOY Indigo Buntings at the Ford House as well as a Green Heron in the same location. At. LSCMP I had a Swainson’s Thrush… Nicholson Nature Ctr was really hopping and in addition to 21 species of Warbler, we had Yellow-throated Vireo, Wood Thrush and Clay-colored Sparrows… At Stony Creek East Lake trails I heard my first Eastern Wood Pewee of the year calling out from the tree tops and after I was finished there I went to Ford Field on a tip from Kevin and got FOY American Pipits. While I was there I found 3 Grasshopper Sparrows. This is a known breeding area for them..
Cape May Warbler
Its a bad photo, but its the only one that is good enough to post of the Golden-winged Warbler
Before work, at dawn I drove by the spot where the Northern Mockingbird was found by Ed Lewandowski yesterday.. It was on 25 mi between Gratiot and New Haven Rd. It was in the same exact spot, near a bridge and a deer carcass. There also was a Bobolink in that same location… Other notables after work were Blackburnian Warbler at Dodge Park and Tennessee Warbler and Orchard Oriole at LSCMP…
Orchard Oriole shot thru the canopy