Lk St. Clair Metro park fall birding

Nice morning birding at LSCMP… The Buff-breasted Sandpiper that was there yesteday was still present this morning. There were also Dunlin and Semipalmated Plovers. The woods were quiet, but there were still interesting birds around. I had a pair of Gray-cheeked Thrush near the owl bucket and one on the meadowloop. I bumped into Tom and Kathi Hince… It was great to see them… it had been awhile… Warblers for the day were Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Nashville, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll and Yellow-rumped. I also had Winter Wren on the meadowloop. A Pied-billed Grebe was hanging out with the juvenile Comorant in the pond by the South Marsh.. The south marsh is still full of Common Gallinules…

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Golden Plover at Stony Creek Eastwood Beach

I got a text from Kevin Rysiewski today that David Boon had found an American Golden Plover at Stony this morning… After work I headed that way and did not expect to find it, and it was not there… So I headed home and soon after I received a text from Brian McGee that he was there and had it on the beach…. Grrrr!!  I jumped back in my car and headed back up there… Sure enough it was where Brian last saw it… A juvenile in striking plumage…

American Golden Plover

American Golden Plover

American Golden Plover

American Golden Plover

Common Terns at Stony Creek Eastwood Beach

 

I went looking for the American Golden Plover reported today at Stony Creek and came across 6 Common Terns sitting on the beach… Kevin Rysiewski had 3 the other day… This is a reliable spot to see them in the fall… In the spring they are very uncommon on inland lakes in Macomb County and can only be seen on Lk St. Clair with any regularity.

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern