CBC Western Macomb County – Area E

On Saturday 12-17 I participated in the Christmas Bird County sponsored by the Macomb Audubon Society. I covered Area E which is between 25 and 28 mile rd from Ray Center Rd east to Mound. It is a nice mixture of Farm, Woods and Subdivisions. I was joined by Andrea Meldrum, Wayne Hoch and Andrew Simon. We had a great day with 40 species. Highlights included Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs (lifer for Andrea), Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher and a whole bunch of other good winter birds. It was an adventurous day. We started with owling in 4 inches of fresh snow. We managed to get 6 Screech Owls… Then later we parked at the end of 28 mi and walked the path down to the bridge. On the way out I hugged the side of the road too close and went off the road into a small ditch… I thought I was gonna need a tow, but Wayne got the idea to shove branches and sticks under the tires to gain traction and after a bunch of tries and even more branches, logs, whatever… I got out… Then I thanked Wayne by dumping a bunch of snow on his head from my moon roof when I applied the brakes… ┬áit was crazy.. But the rest of the day went well and we all made the tally at Stony Creek Nature Center. It wasn’t a record year with Stony Creek Lake frozen over, but there were still some good birds seen and the total was in the lower 60’s.

Snow Buntings

Snow Buntings

Snow Buntings

Snow Buntings

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