Misc sightings…

Migration is slowly picking up… I got a call from Andy Weirauch that there were Pine Warbler and Yellow-rumps at a small park in Sterling Heights… There were at least 30 Yellow-rumped Warblers and 2 Pine Warblers… I also had Ruby Crowned Kinglets… LSCMP has a huge number of Sora and Virginia Rail and yesterday I found 3 Common Gallinule in the South Marsh.. Woods have been slow except an influx of White-throated Sparrows and a couple of Brown Thrashers on the trails behind the nature center… I am still seeing Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers although the numbers are declining as we get ready to move into may.. This morning I had some Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a female Purple finch on the trails behind the center… Rusty Blackbirds can still be found in the flooded area of the Maple Woods at the end of the service drive.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Sora

Sora

Sandhill Crane at Stony Creek Metropark..

I birded the Osprey trail toward evening after an all day rain… I shot a couple of photos of the Sandhill Crane and she was fixing her nest, so I decided to grab a quick video… I heard that the nest is now abandoned and the eggs are not visible… Perhaps an animal got into the nest… this is 2/3 years that the nest has failed…

Sandhill Crane stony Sandhill Crane Sandhill on nest

 

Warm up… still waiting on a decent wave

The Weather has been beautiful the last few days, but the birds are still trickling in… probably related to all east winds instead of Southwest… I had about 30 Ruby-crowned Kinglets today at LSCMP. The Virginia Rails were going crazy today… I had 5 of them off of the board walk and they were right out in the open…  Chipping Sparrows and Savannah Sparrows have fully arrived…

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

LSCMP – Birding after work..

After work I hit the park and got my FOY Amercian Pipit on the beach, Forsters Terns and 4 Black-crowned Night Herons in the North Marsh… Andy had sent me a text to let me know they were there… When I got there he told me Brandon had let him know about the two who were sleeping in the top of a bush in the marina.. Soon a Juvenile flew and we realized that there were two more in the willow tree…  I got a good opportunity to watch and photograph a Virginia Rail and a Sora in the South Marsh…

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Sora

Sora

virginia Rail

virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail