Yellow-breasted Chat at Stony Creek Metropark

David Boon found a Yellow-breasted Chat today at Stony Creek Metropark on the Landscape Trail.. It was singing loudly when I got there but it was only giving partial views.. quite the skulker… After everyone left I camped out and it took me an hour just to get some decent photos of it… Such a beautiful bird with a funny personality…

Yellow Breasted Chat

Yellow Breasted Chat

Black and Common Terns at Havey Ensign DNR Boat Launch

I heard yesterday from my birding compadres that Black Terns and Common Terns were at the Harvey Enisign Memorial Boat Launch… Both of these birds are seen every year in small numbers in the county, but do not breed here.. I was told that the Common Terns breed on some of the islands in Lk St. Clair and I know that Black Terns breed in St. Clair County.. This is the first time I have seen them migrating at the same time and hanging out together… They were not real close to shore when I got there, but it was still cool to sit and watch them feeding on the minnows and watch them following the boats as they came out of the marina…

Black Tern

Black Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Black Terns and a Common Tern

Black Terns and a Common Tern

Black Tern

Black Tern

Red-headed Woodpecker

Last year a Red-headed Woodpecker showed up at Stony Creek Metropark and stayed all summer. This year it is back, has made a new nesting hole in a tree. I was there and saw him, but did not see a second bird yet.. So I am not sure if it is a pair or just one bird.. They are in the Oak Grove Picnic Area.. Also in the fields at Oakgrove there is a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks… Woods are getting quiet with migration winding down, but there were still some Blackpoll and Blackburnian Warblers around.

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Migration is beginning to wind down

After a crazy last week and an awesome weekend, things were slow this afternoon. One pocket of warbler at the end of the service road at LSCMP with Tennessee, Canada, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green and American Redstart. There was one White-crowned Sparrow. The Meadowloop had an Alder Flycatcher calling near the back and a Northern Parula down low in the bushes gave me an opportunity for great photos. I also had Chestnut Sided Warblers there as well..

At Wetzel I relocated the Black-billed Cuckoo found by Andrea Meldrum and also found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the area north of 27 mi Rd before the big ponds.

Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Swainson's Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush