Sunday, May 25, 2014

Willow Run Airport - 22 May 2014

I took a quick drive through Willow Run Airport, Wayne Co., MI this morning before work.  At 6:30 am I drove the service drive along the south end of the airport and looked for fence line birds.  An Eastern Kingbird pair were chirping along the fence, so I took a few pics w/ the 300/2.8 VRII, 1.7TCEIII teleconverter, and Nikon V3 camera (EFL=1377mm).

Near the big bend I spotted a pair of Upland Sandpipers near the fence and was able to grab a few pics as one bird passed by. The Western Meadowlark that was reported at the beginning of the month is still around, as I heard its flutelike call among several Eastern Meadowlarks in the grass near the runway.

Farther down a pair of Red-tailed Hawks were perched on the fence, but one flew off as I passed and the other dropped down on the other side of the fence by the time I turned around and headed back toward it.  I grabbed a few frames through the fence, then watched as it ran after a large cricket and devoured it.



Savannah Sparrows were numerous along the fence line, but I was unable to hear / see any Grasshopper Sparrows.


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