Not what I thought I was going to find

I birded at Wetzel State Park in New Haven this morning… Nothing too unusual… I saw some cool dragonflies, freshly hatched and there were Morning Cloaks and Spring Azure butterflies… Birdwise, nothing too out of the ordinary… Pied-billed Grebes, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. I did hear what I thought was a male Ring-necked Pheasant… but what came out of the thickets was not what I thought it was going to be… It was a Melanistic Mutant Pheasant, a mutant variety of the Ring-necked Pheasant from what I read on the web… After that I went to see a Purple Finch coming to the feeders at Jeff Steinmetz home… so cool!! Thanks Jeff!!

Blood Root flower

Blood Root flower

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Misc photos from last week

I have been in Grand Rapids for work most of the week and had a few birds on the card from the camera… So I thought I would get caught up and post a few pics from the week.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Nice April day for birding

Birds are still trickling in… I had a nice morning birding with Tom Heatley. We had a couple of Virginia Rails in the South Marsh.. In the Maple Woods there were Rusty Blackbirds, Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Winter Wren… Wilson Snipe were flying over Pointe Rosa Marsh.. I had a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets on the trails behind the nature center and a Fox Sparrow in the meadow. One Sandhill Crane flyover.  At home I found a Savannah Sparrow in the empty lots behind my home where they are building houses. Perfect lighting and I snapped a bunch of photos of this cooperative Sparrow.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow just as it was taking flight

Savannah Sparrow just as it was taking flight

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Warmer days brings new migrants…

More birds are starting to show up. I was out of town for work this week, but when I got home and went in to the woods after work today, the woods were alive!!   Misc photos of some FOY birds for me… Vesper and Field Sparrows are back… I had Vesper off of teller road between 27 and 28 mile rd and Field Sparrows at Stony Creek Metropark.. A beautiful Wilson’s Snipe gave me some close views at LSCMP. There were Blue-winged Teal in the south marsh at that location and I saw my first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker of the year there…  One has been seen there for over a month but only by one birder. Ospreys are back at Inwood…. They are rebuilding there nest that was removed last year for maintenance on the tower.

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Blue winged teal

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Osprey rebuilding the nest

Osprey rebuilding the nest

Great Horned Owl with owlet

Great Horned Owl with owlet

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe