Wetzel State Park after work

I knew the winds were out of the NW today and that Tom Heatley would most likely be at Wetzel looking for Golden Eagles. Well, I wasn’t wrong. I got there and both he and Tom Hince were scoping the skies. No Golden Eagles but Tom Hince spotted a Black Vulture that was there for a good look and then gone up into the clouds… I did not get to see it, but glad someone did. Another new county record for Macomb.  There were plenty of Tree Sparrows around and I got some nice photos, a female Northern Harrier buzzed the marsh and I stopped at Stony Creek afterwards to look for unusual gulls on the beach… I practiced auto focus modes on the Canon 7D Mark II.  Only Gulls there were Ring-billed and a few Herring.

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

 

Snow Goose at LSCMP today

There was a friendly Snow Goose white phase at LSCMP today. It was hanging around the marina. Tom Heatley told me that it was there most of the day. I took some late afternoon photos of it as it walked on the grass near the parking lot… There also was a White-eyed Vireo that was found by Tom Heatley and also seen by Tom Hince earlier in the day behind the nature Center… I could not find it.

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Leucistic Hawk at Stony Creek Metropark

This morning I was driving my son to the Nature Center at Stony Creek Metropark when a 100% Leucistic Hawk flew over us being chased by crows. It was a Buteo, about the size of a Red-tailed Hawk. I dropped Andrew off and headed back to the spot. I was able to relocate the bird but I could not get a photograph… It was being chased by a mob of Crows… Great Bird.

I had Fox Sparrows at two locations today. Stony Creek near the Osprey Trail and at Wolcott Mills. I went to see if I could get a shot of the Townsend’s Solitaire in better light and it was in the same tree I had seen it the evening before. I managed one photo and it flew off toward the woods. I waited an hour and it did not return. There were a few other birders there hoping to see it… I hope it returns.

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Townsend's Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire – Wolcott Mills Metropark

A Townsend’s Solitaire was found by Todd Butkowski today at Wolcott Mills Metropark. I relocated it at 530pm along with a couple of other birders. When I saw Todd post on facebook, I almost choked on my dinner, got in my car and flew to the park. Other birders saw the post also and we found it not far from where it was originally found. Enter into the park on Kuntsman Rd between 29 and 30 mi rd. From there drive to the end and park. Go over the bridge toward the mill and on the left side there will be a sign for the mill race trail. take this trail down to the river and a sign about the old dam. The Townsend’s Solitaire was past the sign about 20 yards, feeding on some berries in the shrubs there. This is the 4th new bird for the county this year. Awesome Find by Todd!!

Townsend's Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire

Townsend's Solitaire

Townsend's Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire