Ding Dong, King George is gone!!

George Phifer has resigned from his role as Director of Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority. I hope that the board finds a leader who appreciates all the people who visit the park and not just there to make money. Don’t get me wrong. Its a business and its important to run your business so that patrons will want to come to the park, however its also a valuable natural resource that has to be managed properly and he really didn’t care. When I heard from many people who worked in the park system that his style of management was intimidation and threats, then I really knew he had to go… Don’t know the real reason and who made the decision… but its a good one.


Shorebirds are starting to move south.. unfortunately…..

I stopped by LSCMP yesterday to take a gander at the Ruddy Turnstone and Short-billed Dowitcher that Brandon Aho had found… the Dowitcher was gone when i got there but I still managed to see the Turnstone, a Sanderling and a Least Sandpiper… there were also two Lesser Yellowlegs on the lawn area near the playscape… Unfortunatly for me I am having foot surgery soon for a bad achilles and heel spur and will be out of birding commission for most of fall migration…  I also have a photo of a Hummingbird Clearwing and a Common Ringlet that I took over a week ago at Wolcott… I just haven’t gotten around to posting them… I have been trying to catch up on things before my surgery and traveling quite a bit for work…

Ruddy Turnstone

Semipalmated Plover

Common Ringlet

Hummingbird Clearwing

A drive after the rain…

Went looking for Dragonflies and Butterflies after the rain, but they were still inactive in the wet fields… So I drove down Inwood and saw the Dickcissel on the wire, then I took a quick run to the fields behind Bradbury Estates and saw plenty of Grasshopper Sparrows around… It will be sad when they develop this field one day… such an awesome place for sparrows..

Dickcissel at sunset

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow