Stony Creek Metropark

Today there were 3 Pine, 6 Yellow-rumped and 1 Black-throated Green Warbler at the Lakeview Picnic area… I could hear the Eastern Meadowlark singing from the field near the entrance to the picnic area… The Eastlake trails had 18-20 Yellow-rumps.. I lost count.. There were also were quite a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers on the trails.. I am looking forward to the weekend and southerly winds….

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Migration still lagging behind

Birding this weekend was rather slow… migrants are just trickling in.. with all northerly winds and cool temperatures, new species are hit or miss… I still enjoyed my weekend and had some more close encounters with a pair of Virginia Rails… Next weekend should be the first wave with southerly winds and warm temperatures…  here are a few photos from the weekend.

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Virginia Rail

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Tree Swallow

Eastern Comma

Not much to see in the say of birds yesterday evening at Stony Creek Metropark on the Eastlake trails… A few Yellow-rumped Warblers around and 8 Hermit Thrush… I did come across this Eastern Comma…

 

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Some photos from the weekend

Saturday I birded at Wetzel State Park and Wolcott Mills Metropark… Birding was slow but I found a cool Pheasant at Wetzel.. Its a mutant variety of a Ring-necked Pheasant… Must have been released by hunters training there dogs… Jeff Steinmetz called me about a Purple Finch in his feeder, so I went over to his home and saw it… They are so cool and House Finches were also in the feeder so its nice to see both of them there for comparison. They really look very different from one another. On Sunday morning I spent my birding time with Jeff and Jen at Lake St. Clair Metropark. We had close encounters with a Wilson’s Snipe, Common Gallinule and Virginia Rail… A few Yellow-rumped Warbers around, Hermit Thrush and Rusty Blackbirds are still in the Maple Woods… On the Beach there are a good number of Bonaparte’s Gulls and too my surprise this morning, two Sandhill Cranes…

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Forster's Tern

Forster’s Tern

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail grunting

Virginia Rail grunting

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Lk St. Clair Metropark… After work birding

Stopped by Lk St. Clair metropark after work and had a close encounter with a Cooper’s Hawk and photographed a Dunlin on the beach after a tip from Brandon Aho… Nothing unusual in the woods… Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglets.. I had one Bank Swallow flying over Pointe Rosa Marsh… Sora and Common Gallinule calling from different areas on the marshes… The Owlets are huge and should be out of the nest soon…

Coopers Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin