Lk. St. Clair Metropark

I birded with Tom Heatley and Kevin Rysiewski today at Lk. St. Clair Metropark…¬† I arrived at the park first, just as the sun was rising… Our resident Merlin was sitting in a tree on the edge of the parking lot munching on something… I snuck up on him with my car and got out and continued to stalk him so I could get a couple of pictures…. I know it sounds like a lot of effort, because truth be told, its very approachable…. LOL!!¬† ¬†Birding was slow… There were a good number of Buffleheads on the lake… also a good number of duck hunters…. I saw a few Lesser Scaup… not a whole lot to report… The woods were slow… We managed to see a flock of waxwings… this is in the same area that Bohemian Waxwings were seen just a few days ago… This was a flock that was high over our heads, but they looked like the smaller Cedar than the larger Bohemian… We saw one Cedar Waxwing sitting in the berry trees near the Nature Center… Tree Sparrows were near the pointe… I heard some Brown Creepers…. We spied one Coopers Hawk that was chasing something and landed on the rocks along the shore… I snuck up on it and could only see part of its body thru the brush…. the light was showing its red iris really well….

Tom and I headed toward some of the County Rds to look for Rough-legged Hawks… we both need this one for our county list for the year… No luck… we must have seen a dozen Red-tails and 3 American Kestrels….

Coopers Hawk

I am sneaking up on the Merlin

Merlin Feeding

Merlin with breakfast

Chilling out after finishing breakfast


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