A warm fall season…

I got off work yesteday afternoon and visited a few spots before heading home.. At the Osprey Trail parking lot I had 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Hermit Thrush and a Northern Parula a little ways down the road to the Nature Ctr… I also stopped by 28mi and Teller and found a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets and an Orange crowned Warbler. This warm fall has slowed the wintering species from showing up in good numbers and some migrants that should be heading south are still lingering… The good first cold front and chilly temps should bring in Dark-eyed Juncos and some Tree Sparrows…

Northern Parula

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Birding after the rain… Stony Creek

I got off of work around 3pm and headed home from Royal Oak… I decided I would stop at Stony Creek Metropark for a quick trip to the Osprey trail… I like this spot because I can shoot good bird photos without getting out of my car… still in a boot and nursing a sore foot… It rained very hard as I was pulling into the park… After the rain stopped the bird activity picked up and I got a few good photos including a young Cooper’s Hawk preening in a tree right by the parking lot at the Osprey Trail…

American Robin

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Field Sparrow

Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk

White-crowned Sparrow

6 weeks is a long time not to shoot some photos…

I have been recovering from Achilles Tendon surgery and have not been out enjoying this fall migration. I have been living vicariously thru my friends text messages and facebook posts… I got out the last couple of days and photographed a few birds from my car window… I can walk now, since I am in a boot, but I am not able to walk long distances… that should come over the next few weeks… so car birding it is… These are photos from Northern Macomb County.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Gray Catbird

Tennessee warbler

Vesper Sparrow

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