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!!
Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Red Meadow hawk Dragonfly
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.
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…
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 – post juvenal molt has begun
First Cycle Ring-billed Gull post juvenal molt – first winter bird