Kirtland’s Warbler at Sterling Heights Nature Center

I birded at Nicholson Nature Center today and had a nice morning. 2 FOY were a Bay-breasted Warbler and a Mourning Warbler… On the way to LSCMP I received a call from Kevin Rysiewski. During Ruth Glass’s bird walk at the nature center they found a Kirtland’s Warbler singing in an Oak Tree near the bridge behind the building. I headed that way and found Kevin, Jeff Steinmetz, Jen Anderson, Brian Mcgee, Ruth Glass and a few other birders trying to relocate the warbler… It soon reappeared and sang in the oak above our heads and then headed downstream… so cool!!  Thanks to Jeff Steinmetz for contributing the photos of the Kirtland’s to my blog!

 

Update: as of 6pm the Kirtland’s Warbler was still being seen by the bridge. Congrats to the many people who got to see it… An early favorite for bird of the year in Macomb County.

Update: 750pm. Visible at the bridge right now

Kirtland's Warbler

Kirtland’s Warbler

Kirtland's Warbler

Kirtland’s Warbler

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Migration heating up….

Migration is heating up and even though its hit or miss depending on where you go, there are still some good numbers around… Last weekend the Ford House on Jefferson was the place to be… I got a call from Wayne Hoch that it was going crazy there and I left LSCMP and headed that way.. Hooded Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, and a bunch of other good migrants were around… Today after work I birded Nicholson Nature center and except for a Tennessee and Magnolia Warbler, it was dead… However, Dodge Park was wonderful with 21 species of warbler… There also were FOY Swainson’s Thrush and Eastern Wood Pewee.. Hard to photograph any birds because they were high up in the canopy, but I managed a couple of good ones..

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Forster’s and Common Tern at LSCMP on Beach

Here is a photo I took today of a Common and Forster’s Tern next to each other on the beach.. The obvious darker primaries of the Common and wings that extend a little beyond the tail contrast nicely to the Forster’s with an overall frosty pale appearance and long tail… I have seen multiple reports from people with Common Terns at the park and finally got my butt down there to see if they were still around. In most springs not a very common bird to the park, although they can usually be seen a few times… I was hoping someone would photograph one and was glad I got the opportunity today.

forster's and common tern

forster’s and common tern