Saturday, April 14, 2012

Got rained on, but still enjoyed my morning

Birded at Metrobeach Metropark in Harrison Twp this morning (Lake St. Clair Metropark). It rained off and on for most of the morning, so I left the camera in the car... I met up with Tom Heatley and we birded together... There were good numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-throated Sparrows throughout the park. One Sora was calling in the South Marsh.. We managed to see 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers on the trails behind the nature center... One Purple Martin (127) was flying over head amongst the many Tree Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows... Again I missed out on hearing a Virginia Rail.... However, we managed to see 9 Wilson's Snipe in the Marsh along the Service Rd.... Several Ruby-crowned Kinglets were also seen.... Near the shore, Tom and I saw an Osprey hovering above the water.... soon it crossed over our heads.... Hermit Thrush continue to be seen in good numbers on all trails....

After leaving the park, radar showed that we only had about 45 minutes of dry weather before the next storm moved in... Tom and I decided to head to the ponds/mudflats near Partridge Creek Mall in Clinton Twp... We parked in the Walmart Parking lot and immediately noticed some "pipers" running thru the Mud... 8 Pectoral Sandpipers (128) and one Lesser Yellowlegs were out in the middle of the flat...  Knowing that  Kevin Rysiewski  needed the Pectorals for his yearly county list, we put out the call... Kevin joined us a short time later... While standing there scoping the pipers, a Greater Yellowlegs came in and landed near the Lesser... very cool... Kevin managed a picture of the two side by side... Tired and wet and feeling chilled... I headed for home.... this coming week should be good.... Photos courtesy of Kevin Rysiewski..  click to enlarge

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs

Pectoral Sandpipers

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