It's not often that you randomly come across something you've never seen before, but a couple days ago saw a huge passerine movement through Michigan. Unfortunately I couldn't be out much that morning, but it was still active in the afternoon in Riverview. One of the birds I saw was a very dark warbler.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Friday, September 3, 2021
It's been a while since I've had a late summer Little Gull. I got out to the beach fairly late for me and found Will and Lisa already there. There wasn't a ton moving and when Will followed Tim out to the end of the pier I debated how long I would stay. But about the time they got to the end a bird appeared trailing a couple Bonaparte's Gulls. The first thought that went through my mind was, "Why does that tern have a black M on its back?" Because it's a Little Gull.
I jogged out to the end.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Yesterday was internationally recognized Hudwit Day. Or maybe that's only observed at Tiscornia. And no hudwits were observing it as far as anyone could tell. But the gull flock was present and abruptly they all took off in one direction. Which was odd since I didn't see a dog, and then when I looked up to the sky I didn't see an eagle.
What I did see was this, a brown bird sporting the biggest baddest brightest white wing flash that the beach has ever known.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
There's been Baird's Sandpipers in New Buffalo all week, but I didn't go down until this morning when I met with James to bird the beach. The Baird's didn't disappoint, at one point there were 4 juvies all in view.
The Turnstone which James spotted as it flew in turned out to be an adult still in pretty full breeding plumage.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
I've never chased a Little Blue Heron. In the 8-10 years before I move here there were at least 3 in Berrien Co that I remember, and there may have been more. In the last 16 years to my memory ... Tim had one fly by Tiscornia. Nolan Keyes found a first year at Brown before if flew off. Tim helped me re-find it.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Mexico is hot in the afternoon! As we worked our way into the state of Chiapas we stopped at a mango plantation. For as hot as it was, there was a decent amount of activity.
This Golden-fronted Woodpecker though, was panting in the heat.
Alex was able to tape in a few Giant Wrens without too much effort.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
A line of thunderstorms appeared to be bearing down on the northern half of the county this morning, but New Buffalo looked clear, so New Buffalo it was!
An solitary Avocet awaited the sunrise. It's still mostly in breeding plumage, though you can see some winter gray coming into the face
The most interesting birds were a couple mergansers which (8/12 edits after a communique from Adam lol italicized), after some study, turned out to be
Red-breasteds Hooded's in eclipse juvenile plumage. A few years ago there were a pair of eclipse Common Mergs (that I didn't get right) so hopefully take 2 was a success! (nope). Of course the pics are absolute garbage so I'm not leading off with them. But the pink bills (and size in comparison to Mallards) crossed Hooded off the list. made me think they couldn't be Hooded and I must have rounded up their size in my mind. The shape did seem a little off, but I couldn't get past the pink bills. Sibley doesn't show young hooded with bright bills, but some internet searches pull them up pretty easily. Common in eclipse would have a much stronger demarcation between the neck and the breast.