Saturday, June 24, 2017
Hiccup's Sparrow - 24-Jun-2017
I drove back out to Superior Twp. this morning to look for the Henslow's Sparrow that's been frequenting the Conservancy Farm fields. Since I only had a very short time to bird today it was a good choice. Hell, it was a GREAT choice!
I walked around back of the big red barn and immediately heard the calls of Bobolink, Song Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, and even a Dickcissel! As I walked the two-track toward the woods I got no farther than the mulch piles when I heard the distinct-but-faint "hiccup" call of the bird. How I heard it over all of the racket from the other birds I'll never know, but there it was. So I planted the scope, grabbed the cameras, and waited.
In short time it popped out of the grass and fluttered over to some other grass just 30' away and proceeded to sing. Since winds were picking up and the grass was swaying I got the scope on it and decided my best chance for a clean frame would come from a 4K video. After several minutes of recording it I took the chance to digiscope it. It did not disappoint.
The male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was perched nearby, but too far for any pics. It buzzed passed me and disappeared into the garden area.
Since I needed to be back home by 9 am I headed out and back to the car.
When Robin and I drove over to Willow Metropark in Huron Twp., just 10 minutes from Brownton Abbey, I parked at Washago Pond parking lot. Getting out of the car at 10:30 am I heard a loud "Tse-LIK!", followed by another! Wow, I ran over to the unmowed portion of the grass and spotted another Henslow's Sparrow singing from atop a milkweed plant while another answered it about 100' away. I could only wonder if they have a nest nearby as its already the end of June. I'll be back tomorrow morning when the winds die to see if I can relocate them.
Here's a nice write-up from Audubon regarding the Henslow's Sparrow.