Saturday, December 26, 2015
Rockwood, MI CBC "Gold" - 26 Dec 2015
I started a feeder survey at 7:40 am with 16 Mourning Doves barely visible in the still dark thirty hours. Juncos soon started filtering in, and by 8 am I had a high count of 12 Dark-eyed Juncos. Northern Cardinals showed up, followed by Black-capped Chickadees and Tufted Titmouse. When I spotted a White-throated Sparrow under the Bluebird Box I was hopeful that I might see the Golden-crowned Sparrow. But, try as I might, I could not find it in the brush (the GCSP had been seen each time in the company of a WTSP).
Leaving her in mid-stretch, I grabbed the camera and photograhed the Golden-crowned Sparrow for almost a minute.
I then digiscoped a video of the bird as it scratched at the sunflower shells.
A couple of digiscoped stills later, the sparrow flew off. The rest of the birds flew off, and nothing would return to the feeders until late this afternoon.
The Golden-crowned Sparrow may represent a new CBC first-record for Michigan? I notified Tom Carpenter (compiler) and let him know of my finding. Now, I just have to wait to see if the Snowy Owl seen earlier this week was relocated by Jim Fowler and Co...