Purple Finches and Pine Siskins at Stony Creek Metropark

Yesterday I went to Stony Creek to find the Purple Finches that have been there a week. Kevin Rysiewski has seen them consistently over the last several days in the same location, so I headed that way… I found them near the Osprey Trail and after a few minutes noticed a flock of smaller streaked birds at the top of the pines feeding on tiny pine cones… I heard the familiar call of the Pine Siskin and had to chuckle to myself because I had just read the finch report that said it was going to be a good year for Siskins and Redpolls… Nice…. Some cropped shots from way up in top of the tree, but regardless I was glad to see them…. they were non existent last winter in Macomb County…. The Eastlake trails were fairly active… Kevin and I found Black-throated Green, Bay-Breasted and an Orange crowned Warbler. We also had a Blue-headed Vireo… White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows have arrived and there were ton of Field Sparrows everywhere… We also found Eastern Towhee and Brown Thrashers still around and had 3 Broad-winged Hawks fly overhead….

Pine Siskin in flight... Not the clearest shot but you can appreciate the gold in the wing...

Pine Siskin in flight… Not the clearest shot but you can appreciate the gold in the wing…

Pine Siskins

Pine Siskins

 

Purple Finch - Female

Purple Finch – Female

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

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