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…
Blurry shot of a Blackburnian Warbler
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
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…..
Green Heron – Peek a boo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Jewelweed
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.
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!