Brian Mcgee found a Yellow-breasted Chat this morning at Wetzel… I had not planned on doing any birding as I am in the middle of smoking a brisket for company today, but I had to run for this bird… So easy to find as it was very vocal. Normally a skulker, this one kept perching on a dead tree on the side of 27 mile rd near Werderman… A great find!! Thanks Brian!!
On Saturday I was invited by Tom Hince to be part of a Bachelor Big Day Count for Erik Weyhrauch. Joining the Big Day also was Kevin Rysiewski and Andy Weinrauch. Unfortunatly a 6th member of our team had to cancel at the last minute. We met up at 1130pm and started at Nayanquing Point and got our first bird at 120am… We ended up birding Tawas St. Park, Tuttle Marsh, Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation Area and many other cool birding spots in and around that location. As the day moved slowly toward evening we drove down and birded Port Huron SGA and ended the day with a Peregrine Falcon under the Blue Water Bridge. We had a total of 168 species of birds. I wont list them all but some of the highlights were:
- Golden-winged Warbler
- Cerulean Warbler
- Marbled Godwit
- Stilt Sandpiper
- Short billed Dowitcher
- 14 Barred Owls
- Sedge Wren
- 5 Whip-poor-wills
- Multiple American Bitterns
- Black Tern
- Several singing Hermit Thrush at one time
- Surf Scoter
- Louisiana Waterthrush
- Hooded Warbler
- Black-billed Cuckoo
So many more good birds… An amazing 20 hours spent with a great team… Erik was awesome and a good sport. See photos below.. I personally think its the greatest idea for a Bachelor party that I could think of… I wish him and Gina the best as they are about to get married!!! Birding with some one of Tom Hince’s caliber was awesome and he put on a clinic… I would Highly recommend taking one of Tom’s tours… Its very high on my bucket list. http://www.birdwithtom.com/home.html
On Sunday, Kevin, Andy and I returned to Tawas and met up with Jeff Steinmetz and birded another whole day… This was more of a laid back day after the busy Saturday we had… we had an awesome time and got to see Canada Warblers, missed the day before… At Tawas we had a Ruffed Grouse in a tree.. We took a second look at the Kirtland’s Warblers and got a few pics.. We walked along a ravine with a river near the foot dam and got close ups of a Mourning Warbler… We headed to Rifle River Recreation Area near Rose City and Jeff showed us the park… AMAZING!! Awesome spot… Kevin and Jeff got lifer Goshawk and we found an area where Golden-winged Warblers nest and found two hybrids… We added on 6 more species not seen the day before for a weekend total of 174 species…
I havn’t updated my blog in a few days.. I have been birding in between work and by the end of the day, I just feel lazy…
Dodge Park has been the place to be… I have had 21 species of warblers there on two days in the last week… Highlights were of course the Kirtland’s Warbler which I covered on previous posts and the two Prothonotary Warblers… LSCMP has been slow this spring but I still think there are a couple of good days left in the park this year… Nicholson Nature Center in Clinton Twp is great for Canada Warblers… The other day I was getting ready to push the shutter button on the Camera to photograph a Canada Warbler when I noticed another bird behind it… It was a Golden-winged Warbler… Before I could shoot it, it flew up in the tree above me and I managed to quick documentation shots before it took off…
I have been searching Wetzel State Park for Cuckoos with no luck… Both species have been known to breed there, so if I have to I will keep on searching into June.. Of course the Clay-colored Sparrows are back and I love hearing them sing… No sign of the Sedge Wren, but in previous years it shows up around the 21st, so hopefully we get lucky…
Bobolinks were going crazy today in a field on 25 mile rd between gratiot ave and new haven rd… I managed some ok photos but will go back for some better ones… This is an area where Henslow’s Sparrow was last june… Gonna be keeping an eye open for that bird….
Dodge Park is the winner this year for best spring birding in my opinion… Just about everytime I go there I am getting great birds… Today I took a short walk with Kevin, Andy, Jeff and Andrea and we had N Parula, Black-throated Green, Wilson’s, Cape May, American Redstart, Yellow-rumped, Kirtland’s and Blackburnian Warblers.
After hearing that the Kirtland’s Warbler was still there I headed that way. I was hoping to get my own photos of the bird and it did not disappoint.. there were the Macomb birding community faithfuls there as well as many other birders coming to see this rare gem.. Probably will be gone tomorrow if I had to guess..