Saturday, May 12, 2012

Macomb County count

I was not able to join my friend Mick this year on our annual 2 day birdathon to either Pelee or Magee Marsh.... Feeling upset by this, I asked Kevin Rysiewski if he would join me in a local count for the day... Kevin agreed to give me a hand, and I am amazed at what a great birder Kevin has become ... We covered a big area in a small amount of time and I am tired...

We started the day at my house at 5am... First bird out of the gate was the Woodcock calling behind my home... from there we went to Lk St. Clair Metropark, Wetzel State Park, ponds near Hall Rd/I-94, Macomb Corners Park, Wolcott Mills Metropark, Stoney Creek Metropark, Holland Ponds and finished up at River Bends Park in Shelby Twp.... Our total species for the day was 116..  I was very disappointed in the amount of warblers we had today... Only 16 species... Although we got 3 Mourning Warblers at LSCMP.... Highlight of the day was a Gray-cheeked Thrush behind the Nature Ctr at LSCMP.... We also managed a couple of Black-billed Cuckoo's at Wetzel off an area near Omo Rd... Thanks to Tom Heatley for showing Kevin and I this location.... Its not an easy area to access, but very good... click to enlarge photo

Misses on the day included Green Heron, Barred Owl, Osprey, Orchard Oriole.... New for my county list were Swainsons Thrush(191), Gray-cheeked Thrush(192) and Least Bittern(193)....

List for the day:
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Comorant
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Common Merganser
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Ring-necked Pheasant
American Coot
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Ring-Billed Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Wild Turkey
Black-billed Cuckoo
Great-horned Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmous
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Sedge Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainsons Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
House Finch

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