This is why I love my macomb birding community. Its not a rare bird, but its an example of a great birding community working together even if its a simple sparrow. I see a text today that Brandon Aho had a Vesper Sparrow at Lk. St. Clair Metropark. Edward Lewandowski texts our group and says he is in the same location. He texts back and says he has the Vesper and a Savannah Sparrow in the same location as Brandon. Andrew Simon and Andrea Rose text that they have a Vesper Sparrow at Stony Creek. I am sitting at home and reading my text messages and decide to go out to my “vesper” breeding areas and see if they have arrived today as well… I find one on teller Rd in Ray Twp and two off of Mound Rd behind Stony Veterinary Hospital. A good location for this bird. I take a decent photo of the bird and later on right before dark as several of us are looking for a Short-eared Owl reported at Wetzel, Brian Mcgee and I hear a Vesper singing in the distance… 6 Macomb birders tied into one simple little sparrow species… birding is so much fun!!
A few of us showed up tonight to look for a reported Red-necked Grebe. The grebe was not there but we managed to see two Iceland Gulls sitting in the parking lot as we were leaving. Andrew Simon noticed them as he drove toward the flock… Nice consolation prize.
Don’t ignore those wood duck boxes when you are walking thru the woods… never know what will be looking out at you!!
Some sure signs of migration this week. I saw plenty of Tree Swallows at LSCMP.. Report of a Virginia Rail from Andrea Meldrum. I had my first Wilson’s Snipe calling at LSCMP at Pointe Rosa Marsh. By next week Vesper Sparrows should be back as well as Savannah Sparrows. A couple of photos below from a walk after work at LSCMP yesterday.
I saw my first Pileated Woodpecker of the year today on Mt. Vernon Rd near the Capuchen Retreat… This has been a reliable spot for them. They like the plot of woods that border Mt Vernon that are in front of a subdivision…