Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Broughton Rd

I received a call today from Brandon Aho who found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at a sod farm on Broughton Rd, north of 26mi rd in Ray Twp. This is the second time that a Buff-breasted has shown up in this area in the last couple of years. I managed to get a few photos of it from Broughton Rd. Brandon also had a probable Snowy Egret in the lake behind the Rec Ctr at Macomb Twp city hall… When I got there I could see the Egret in the lake and clearly it had a dark bill…. It flew as I was walking toward the lake and I took some photos of it at a long distance in flight. I could not see yellow feet in my photos… The bill was dark, but at that distance I could not see if it was two toned like the juvenile Little Blue Heron… I will be going back to look for it again. My son Andrew and I spent some time at Wolcott Mills Metropark today walking the trails… I saw plenty of migrating warblers, however we were there for butterflies and I did not have my binoculars with me… so most of them went unidentified… Tomorrow I bird!!

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

 

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Red Meadow hawk Dragonfly

Red Meadow hawk Dragonfly

Pointe Mouillee – Macomb Audubon Field Trip

I had the pleasure of being invited to go on the Macomb Audubon Field Trip at the Moo today led by Jim Fowler. It was a very nice morning. There is lots of water at Pointe Mouillee and not much shorebird habitat… what shorebirds we did see, we saw at a fairly long distance away.. A scope was needed. So no good photos… Highlights of the day included approx 55 White Pelicans, Marbled Godwit, American Avocet, Wilson’s Phalarope, Snowy Egret, Black-bellied Plovers and a couple of Peregrine Falcons. There were also Northern Harriers, Osprey and Bald Eagles.

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelican

White Pelican

White Pelican

White Pelican

Baird’s Sandpiper

Birding after work today.. Not much to see.. I got a FOY Sanderling at Lk St. Clair Metropark and had a nice Adult Bald Eagle near the south marsh… There were many Ruby-throated hummingbirds around and I found a couple of Magnolia Warblers and one Trails Flycatcher whose call note most resembled the Willow. At 18 1/2 mi in Sterling Heights there were Semipalmated Sandpipers, one  Baird’s Sandpiper and 2 Solitary Sandpipers. I also had a couple of Lesser Yellowlegs. Inwood Trails were unproductive but I enjoyed a few Butteflies even if I didn’t have my macro lens with me…

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sanderling

Sanderling

Pecks Skipper

Pecks Skipper

Common Terns at Stony Creek Metropark

I started my morning checking out the wet area off of 18 1/2 mile rd in Sterling Heights… There were 5 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper and a few Ring-billed Gulls… I then headed to Stony Creek Eastwood Beach and found 4 Common Terns, 2 Caspian Terns and a few Ring-billed Gulls… Over at the Osprey Trail the woods were quiet… I did come across Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Cedar Waxwings and a few Catbirds…

My goal this coming year is to get proficient on gulls…  So I had fun today photographing Ring-billed Gulls at Stony and then looking at what cycle birds they were….

First Cycle Ring-billed Gull - mostly worn juvenal plumage

First Cycle Ring-billed Gull – mostly worn juvenal plumage

First cycle Ring-billed Gull - post juvenal molt has begun

First cycle Ring-billed Gull – post juvenal molt has begun

First Cycle Ring-billed Gull post juvenal molt - first winter bird

First Cycle Ring-billed Gull post juvenal molt – first winter bird

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

 

Common Terns

Common Terns

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Terns

Common Terns

 

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs