Purple Finches and Pine Siskins at Stony Creek Metropark

Yesterday I went to Stony Creek to find the Purple Finches that have been there a week. Kevin Rysiewski has seen them consistently over the last several days in the same location, so I headed that way… I found them near the Osprey Trail and after a few minutes noticed a flock of smaller streaked birds at the top of the pines feeding on tiny pine cones… I heard the familiar call of the Pine Siskin and had to chuckle to myself because I had just read the finch report that said it was going to be a good year for Siskins and Redpolls… Nice…. Some cropped shots from way up in top of the tree, but regardless I was glad to see them…. they were non existent last winter in Macomb County…. The Eastlake trails were fairly active… Kevin and I found Black-throated Green, Bay-Breasted and an Orange crowned Warbler. We also had a Blue-headed Vireo… White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows have arrived and there were ton of Field Sparrows everywhere… We also found Eastern Towhee and Brown Thrashers still around and had 3 Broad-winged Hawks fly overhead….

Pine Siskin in flight... Not the clearest shot but you can appreciate the gold in the wing...

Pine Siskin in flight… Not the clearest shot but you can appreciate the gold in the wing…

Pine Siskins

Pine Siskins

 

Purple Finch - Female

Purple Finch – Female

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

American Golden Plovers and Bald Eagle – a nice morning to bird…

I started off my morning by cruising down Broughton Rd north of 25 mi and came upon a couple of American Golden Plovers… There was a huge flock of Horned Larks north of 27mi near Broughton that took flight when a Coopers Hawk flew over… I estimate 70 birds in the flock…

At Stony Creek Osprey Trail I had Magnolia and Orange-crowned Warblers and at East Lake trail there was nothing special… Still had a couple Eastern Towhees and Field Sparrows hanging around…. There was a very nice looking Adult Bald Eagle feeding on a deer carcass at Baypointe Beach… that was a surprise… I show a few pics out my window…

American Golden Plover

American Golden Plover

American Golden Plover

American Golden Plover

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle in flight

Bald Eagle in flight

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Stilt Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpiper – 18 1/2 mi Sterling Heights

I was coming home from work tonight and stuck in traffic when I got a facebook message from Erik Weyhrauch.. He asked me if I had gotten a Stilt Sandpiper yet this year.. I was only 15 minutes a way and when I pulled up Erik was watching it move thru the wet area in a field of cleared land. I glassed the bird right away and one I saw it I grabbed the camera. Erik told me that he also had a Buff-breasted Sandpiper being chased by a Killdeer but it was gone now… We observed the Stilt for a bit from about 30 yards away when it took flight and began to get chased by another Sandpiper… As it made its way in front of us, I noticed that the Buff-breasted was chasing the Stilt… It was awesome… They both landed in front of Erik and I and we watched them for awhile until the Buff-breasted took off and was gone… We were joined by Kevin Rysiewski, Tom Heatley and David Boon. They could not relocate the Buff-breasted, but on the way home I got a call from Kevin that it had indeed returned…. Very glad everyone got to see it.. We also found an American Pipit there.

Thanks again Erik for the message!!!

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper