Thursday, April 28, 2011

Just Hangin' Around! - 27 Apr 2011

While walking the Lakeside Trail at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Natural Area I came upon this Myrtle Warbler 'hanging' from an alder tree.  I didn't think that the bird was dead, but couldn't tell what had snagged him.  I took a few quick photos w/ the D300 / Better Beamer and then grabbed the binoculars.  It had snagged its foot on one of the alder cones.  But after a few moments it seemed to be done relaxin' and flew off out of sight.

Palm Warblers were the bird of the evening.  A half-dozen or so birds were working the trail ahead of me and seemingly unafraid of my presence.  I was able to walk among them and shoot away.  Unlike the boardwalk at Magee Marsh (Ohio) cover is a bit heavier here, so its much more difficult to capture clean photos of the birds.  Still, with spring migration finally starting to heat up it was great to finally see these lovely little jewels doing their thing.

Myrtle Warblers were also singing and foraging along the lake shore, but were generally outnumbered about 3:1 by Palm Warblers.  They were also foraging much higher in the canopy, so photos were harder to come by.

I did see one Black-and-White Warbler along the trail.  This bird appears to be a female as evidenced by the buffy wash along the sides and cheeks.  Note the spots along the underside of the tail!

Location: UM Dearborn--Rouge River Bird Observatory

Observation date: 4/27/11  17:30 - 18:30 Hrs.
Notes: Lakeside Trail from Maintenance entrance to N. end of Hidden Lake and back.
Number of species: 27

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 3
Great Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 12
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Palm Warbler (Western) 7
Black-and-white Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 4


GumbyandPokey said...

Wow! That Myrtle is a beauty (don't think I've ever seen one of those). As usual, your photos are stunning.


Anna said...

great post! I love that last photo of the Black-and-white!

Nicole MacP said...

Wow! That Myrtle Warbler is a very striking image, glad it was alright! I esp. like the photo of the rubber-necking Black And White Warbler!

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