Kevin Rysiewski and I birded the Ford Field Area this morning in Shelby Twp… I had quickly visited this area a few days ago and found a Grasshopper Sparrow on the fringe… Ed Lewandowski had recently had up to a dozen Grasshopper Sparrows here so I decided to come back on the weekend and give it a shot… It did not disappoint…
When Kevin and I first hit the field we found our first of over a dozen Grasshopper Sparrows… There were also Savannah Sparrows calling as well as a Willow Flycatcher in the distance… We decided to take a big perimeter sweep of the fields and who knows what may pop up…. We had many Grasshopper Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Eastern Kingbirds, several Eastern Meadowlark, American Kestrel, Imm Coopers/Sharp-shinned Hawk, Spotted Sandpiper (there are wet bogg areas.. must wear boots), Horned Lark, Cedar Waxwings, Eastern Bluebird and several Willow Flycatchers… The surprise of the day was an Alder Flycatcher as we were leaving… I thought I heard one call when we came into the fields, in the brushy wet area behind the retention pond…. on the way out it began singing again… it was also using its rrreea call… which is very different from the Willow Flycatcher… I played a few bars of its song and it came right to us and sat on a branch in front of us… Then two Willow flycatchers came and chased it away… talk about a territory scrap…. it was very cool….
This is a great area although there are no trails to walk on….
Here is a video taken by Kevin Rysiewski..