Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wayne County 2010 Sightings

12 Feb & 15 Feb
Crosswinds Marsh, Pt. Moo HQ, LEMP, Grace Lake, French Landing
Took an interested cousin out to find his first Eagle and stopped in to see the nest at Crosswinds first.
Snow Bunting flyover was a decent trade off.

Point Moo HQ was great and the Wayne Co. roadside park was open which is unusual for winter.
American Pipit was a yes.
Good sparrows at the fence line including: Song Sp., Fox Sp., Swamp Sp., Tree Sp., RW Blackbirds
Harrier flew over Point Moo
~6 Eagles there and ~10 more at LEMP
LEMP has been reporting good birds like RS Hawk, RL Hawk, Merlin, and Goshawk. I was hoping for at least one of them and found the Goshawk. Lower Peninsula first for me.
The usual high quantity of ducks and swans were found.
My little cousin was quoted as saying, "This is one of the best days of my life."
Might have a repeat customer!

Grace Lake and French Landing (15 Feb) didn't produce as I hoped. Mostly Herring Gulls, no rarities were found except for one Gr. Black Backed Gull at French Landing.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Macomb County 2010 Sightings

2 Apr 10
Wetzel State Park, Canal Park
Wetzel was the place for ducks! The southern most ponds from the main entrance held Shovelers, both Teals, Wigeon, and Ruddy Duck.
7-8 Rusty Blackbirds.
Canal Park had ~25 Herons on the rookery
1 Carolina Wren

13 Mar 10
Stony Creek Metropark
Waterfowl variety and species counts have significantly picked up.
The bridge area n. of 28 mile is almost completely open.

17 Feb 10

Mt. Vernon Ct. downriver from Stony Creek
American Coot
View from the bridge gave a good luck with a group of Mallards.

6 Feb 10
Sunshine Point, Metrobeach Metropark
Sunshine Point:
Ruddy Ducks
C. Mergansers
Gr. Scaup
Eagle
Canvasbacks
Goldeneyes
Bufflehead
Both sides of the point have open water with higher quantity on the s. side but the glare made ID's and counts tough.

Metrobeach:
Cowbirds ~75
RW Blackbirds 2

Friday, February 5, 2010

Lapeer County 2010 Sightings

7 Jul 10
Lapeer SGA (Barnes Lake Road) and other areas
A nice stroll in the fields produced ample amounts of Vesper and Grasshopper Sparrows, and a Brown Thrasher at the south end. Kestrel was found on the hunt as well.
Sedge Wren found at Millis and Norway Lk Rd, about 100 yds before the do not pass sign a few were singing of course in the nice Sedge grasses for them. Landed bird #100 on the trip, marking it as my 8th county in Michigan with at least 100 or more.

6 Jul 10
Ortonville SGA
Discovered ample amounts of Scarlet Tanagers along Fox Lake Road. Not able to locate Cerulean or Acadian Flycatcher on this short trip. Other birds worth mentioning were Veery, Yellow-Throated Vireo, American Redstarts, and Ovenbird.

5 Jul 10
Water Tower Park
A quick walk through this small park yielded a few good birds. Best looks at an Osprey persistently hunting down fish while being persistently pursued by less than happy Kingbirds. Great show! Green Herons and a Cormorant were also present.

20 Jan 10

Seven Ponds Nature Center, Lapeer Co. Roads
Seven Ponds: Purple Finches
Lapeer Rds.: 2 Pheasant at Farley & Hollow Corners.
Plenty of Turkey on Hollow Corners.
More Red-Tailed Hawks than I can remember.