Black-bellied Plover – Lk St. Clair Metropark

I started off the day at the wet area at 18 1/2 mi Rd…. I went looking for the Stilt that was reported there a couple days ago… No luck today… Just the usual Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers and there were a couple of least Sandpipers… I headed to LSCMP and got to see Allen Chartier band a Mourning Warbler… The woods were crawling with warblers today and I saw many Blackpolls, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, Wilson’s, Bay-breasted, American Redstarts, Common Yellowthroat and a Magnolia Warbler…. There were several Red-eyed Vireo in the park and lots of Emp flycatcher including one Yellow-bellied… On the Beach there were Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 Baird’s Sandpiper, Sanderling and a surprise Black-bellied Plover in Winter Plumage… its black axillary patch clearly visible when it lifted its wings…

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

 

Blurry shot of a Blackburnian Warbler

Blurry shot of a Blackburnian Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler - one of many of the yellow footed birds that were in the park today

Blackpoll Warbler – one of many of the yellow footed birds that were in the park today

Common Green Darner

baby Northern Watersnake on the path... it was only about 4 inches long

baby Northern Watersnake on the path… it was only about 4 inches long

LSCMP – Hummingbirds Galore…

I saw at least 10 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at Lk St. Clair Metropark today…. they are going crazy over the Jewelweed…. I also found 4 Swainson’s Thrush on the Meadowloop trail and a couple of juvenile Common Gallinule in the South Marsh… I saw a Common Yellowthroat and a couple of warblers way up that I did not ID, but after I left I heard from Brandon that he and Brian Mcgee had a nice wave with Blackpoll, Magnolia, Black-thr Blue, Nashville and even a Connecticut… Brian also had a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher…  Regardless of my lackluster day of birding after work… I still found some cool things in nature I got to document with my camera…..

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Lanced-tipped Darner

Lanced-tipped Darner

Lanced-tipped Darner

Lanced-tipped Darner

Green Heron - Peek a boo

Green Heron – Peek a boo

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Jewelweed

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Jewelweed

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Jewelweed Ruby Silver Spotted Skipper

18 1/2 Mile Rd – Shorebirds

After work I stopped by the wet area on 18 1/2 mile rd in Sterling Heights to look for shorebirds… The Baird’s Sandpiper was still present as well as were the several semipalmated Sandpipers. There were 5 Lesser Yellowlegs and 5 Pectoral Sandpipers today. 2 Solitary Sandpipers were still going back and forth between the two wet areas as well… I was visited by the owner of the property who inquired what I was doing walking in his muddy field… After explaining to him about shorebirds and migration and how they were using his area as a rest stop on the way to South America, he was impressed and told me that it was ok to continue birding… He was a nice guy.

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Labor Day Birding

On Labor Day I chose to spend the first half of the day birding… I went to Lk St. Clair Metropark and Nicholson Nature Ctr in Clinton Twp…

LSCMP – Birding was decent. I had 5 Magnolia Warblers, 3 Wilson’s Warblers, 1 Ovenbird, 1 Bay-breasted Warbler and 1 Nashville Warbler. First thing in the morning a Peregrine Falcon buzzed Pointe Rosa Marsh. There were several Ruby-throated Hummingbirds around feeding on the jewel-weed. A pair of Belted Kingfishers were entertaining along the canal near the south marsh..

Nicholson Nature Ctr – 8 American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers, Bay-breasted Warblers and several Wilson’s Warblers were the highlights…. There was a Red-eyed Vireo singing the whole time I was there… That was surprising for this time of year… Nothing else very unusual.

There was a report this day by Brandon Aho of a Northern Mockingbird at 22 mi and North Ave… this would be the second Mockingbird in Macomb this year… Good Bird!

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Pearl Crescent