Audubon Clinton Christmas Bird Count

Are you ready to participate in one of the most fun CBC’s out in the country? Covering three counties and habitat from farmland to wetlands and woodlands?IMG_2119
Of course you are? If you are so excited…you can’t wait for December 22nd to bird all day long, please get a hold of me and I will assign you to a count section in our circle! If you don’t know what a Christmas Bird Count is or would like to sign up, please click on this link to find out: After a great day of counting birds, we will all meet at the Clinton Inn in Clinton for dinner!

DNR to host Owl Prowl at Lake Hudson SRA

2013 Owl Prowl Flyer - Lake Hudson

It is that time of year again where owls will be calling in the countryside at dusk. Join us for a night walk at Hudson SRA to try and call in owls and hear a response. Tracy Ball from the Department of Natural Resources will be on hand to showcase some cool owl features and I will be leading the walk! Last year we had about 75 people show up even though the weather wasn’t ideal and some of us heard a Great Horned Owl. If you plan on attending, please dress for the weather! See the flyer for more details.

Greater White-fronted Geese

Greater White-fronted Geese by Goyo P
Greater White-fronted Geese, a photo by Goyo P on Flickr.

Thanks to Scott Jennex for finding these. The GWFG were standing around some open water in the middle lagoon.

If you are in Lenawee County this weekend be sure to take a drive around Round Lake and Devils Lake. There is still plenty of deep open water where several species of waterfowl are still hanging out. Yesterday I found the following; Bufflehead, American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck, Canvasback, Northern Shoveler, and Coot among the other more common birds.

Good Birding,

Patterson Park Tour, May 17, 6-7 pm

The Lenawee Birders Club is leading a group of birders this Friday, May 17 from 6-7 pm through a VERY small park in Tecumseh. Patterson Park is a family friendly park and easy to walk. Bird lovers of all ages and experience levels are welcome. It runs along Evans Creek and usually holds a few warblers, vireo, thrush and woodpeckers this time of year. In addition to looking for birds it’s also an introduction to one of the “hidden birding hot spots” in Tecumseh. This will be the first of a series of tours through Lenawee County this year which highlight some places that are hard to find or unknown to most people. The easiest way to get to Patterson Park is to enter off of Union Street at the Patterson Elementary School entrance. Follow the drive all the way to the end near the playground. Hope to see you there, Gregg Perez

Patterson Park 401 N. Van Buren St

Finding birds and meaning

Finding birds and meaning by Goyo P
Finding birds and meaning, a photo by Goyo P on Flickr.

At the end of the day last Saturday I found myself staring out at the horizon listening to a Meadowlark sing. This year’s North American Migration Count was over. I was tired and hungry and ready to head home…but not until the meadowlark finished his song. Today I was thinking about the birds I saw on that day. Seventy seven species is no record and I didnt find anything extremely rare. I thought about the old mountaineering words, “conquistador of the useless” Those words describe my relationship with birding pretty well. I try not to get caught up in competitive birding. I try not to focus on the numbers. I admit I do succumb to it occasionally. But at the end of the day it isnt the number that feels so good. It’s the knowing. It’s knowing where the best place is to find a Loon, or a Yellow-breasted Chat. It’s also the discovering of those things on your own without being told. It’s the journey that you make to get to the number that matters. It’s the journey that makes me feel more connected to nature. I think it would be pretty awesome to post a video documenting each of the birders who participated in the Lenawee NAMC. It’s fascinating to me to hear about how birders find birds. It’s just as interesting as the bird itself in my opinion. Stay tuned on that thought. =)

May 4th, 2013 Highlights

Towhee by Goyo P
Towhee, a photo by Goyo P on Flickr.

Bicentennial Park: Nashville Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo.

Patterson Park (Tecumseh): Hermit Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Red-headed Woodpecker.

Indian Trails (Tecumseh): Black-throated Green, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, Warbling Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatchatchers

Morenci Lagoons: Blue-winged Teal, Norhern Shoveler, Pied Billed Grebe, Ruddy Duck, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Rough Winged Swallows

Schoonover: White-crowned Sparrows

Lake Hudson: Veery, Yellow Warblers, Baltimore Oriole, Blue-headed Vireo, Field Sparrow, Black and White Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Eastern Kingbirds

Ramsdell: Yellow Warbler, Towhee, Flycatcher species, Brown Thrasher.

Round Lake: Common Loon, Bufflehead, Pied Billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow

Onsted: Two Osprey near the nest.