Snowy Owl update: LSCMP

Today Andrea Monroe posted a photo of the Snowy Owl and stated that it was still at Lk St. Clair Metropark… I looked at the photo and instantly realized that its a second Owl… this one on a telephone pole on South River Rd not too far from the park… Very cool… It was also reported by Rick and Connie Denomme this morning…. here is a photo of the one today on the left and yesterdays on the right..

Two Snowy Owls

Two Snowy Owls

Snowy Owl at Lk St. Clair Metropark

Yesterday I got a call from Tom Heatley… I was at work and unavailable to take his call… That is so stressful because I know that Tom is most likely calling me for some rarity that he has found… I finally see a text come thru my phone from Andy Weinrauch that Tom had found a Snowy Owl at LSCMP… This bird has been very hard to get in Macomb County in the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016… after work I headed that way and was thankful for Barb Baldinger to wait for me and point out its location… There are so many great birders in Macomb County and they are such great people… I really appreciate them all!! We all reach out to each other when we find uncommon birds and rarities so that everyone has the opportunity to see them… So cool… A great circle of friends… Thanks again Tom, you are the legend!! I hope no one ever breaks your county record… NO ONE!!!

 

Snowy Owl... (it was across the marina, so this is as close as I could get)

Snowy Owl… (it was across the marina, so this is as close as I could get)

Field Sparrows

Field Sparrows, Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Towhee have arrived this week… I have not found a Towhee yet but there are a few reports coming from Stony Creek and Wetzel… I heard a Phoebe calling from the bridge over the creek on the Nature Ctr road near the Osprey Trail parking lot at Stony but did not see it…  I had 4 Field Sparrows yesterday at the Osprey Trail and it was good to hear them singing…  The lake at Stony Creek Metropark is full of Horned Grebes… I had 6 this morning visible from the Marina parking area… Most of them are transitioning from winter plumage to breeding plumage and not very attractive at the moment…

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow on the Osprey Trail at Stony Creek Metropark

This bird was quite the surprise today… A very early Grasshopper Sparrow on the Osprey Trail at Stony Creek Metropark… On ebird I don’t see a single individual recorded in March in the last 10 years… With such a mild winter, it makes me wonder if this bird over-wintered since its at least 4-5 weeks away from showing up in Michigan…

 

It was on the trail that goes thru the meadow… follow from the parking lot until it forks and part of the trail heads back toward the water… that is where it was feeding with some Song Sparrows..

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow