Earlier in the week Jack Smiley and Professor Siri Jayaratne reported Dickcissels, Bobolinks, Henslow's Sparrow and Sedge Wren at Conservancy Farm in Superior Township. Since everyone in Michigan had been posting photos of Dickcissels from all over SE Michigan I felt it was time I got in on the fun. So, I grabbed the gear and headed to Conservancy Farm via Willow Run Airport in Romulus.
The grass around Willow Run Airport had just been mowed, so I thought my chances for an Upland Sandpiper were about nil. I was correct. Savannah Sparrows were all over the place, though, so that was good. I even heard several Eastern Meadowlarks singing from the burns to my left as I drove the south end of the airport. A Bobolink was perched on the fence to my right, but flew off as I pulled up.
I heard a Dickcissel singing next to the fence to my left, but refused to show itself. Winds were picking up so I wasn't too surprised. I would see two more Dickcissels before driving out of the airport.
An American Kestrel was perched on the fence and flushed as I drove by. I felt bad as it had just dropped the mouse it caught in the field nearby.
I walked out the two-track toward the woods and heard the familiar "Tslik" of a Henslow's Sparrow. I was about 3 feet from the bird, but could not get it to show itself. I had to settle for listening to it call below my feet while listening to the Sedge Wren singing 50' away. It too refused to show.