Monday, June 25th, a few birders got together at 7:30 a.m. to enjoy a walk led by a very informative Dan Sparks-Jackson. We hiked the entire property starting at the West entrance where there is a grassy pull-off and a crickety wooden bridge across a ditch to access the site. We saw many different birds including a singing Eastern Meadowlark, singing Swamp Sparrows, an Orchard Oriole, what seemed like a million Common Yellowthroats and to top it off, singing Henslow’s Sparrows. Besides the birds, there was much native plants and wildflowers to look at and of course, the life in the creek. Dan mentioned that mid-August would be another great time to visit, when the other wildflowers are in full bloom.
Lenawee Birders, for those of you who did not make it to the walk last night Heritage Park in Adrian, we had AWESOME bird action! Starting with the trail walking to the East of the Stubnitz center, we had the pleasure of sorting through Empidonax species with great looks at Acadian Flycatchers and Great Crested Flycatchers. The group was able to hear Yellow-billed Cuckoos calling close but they were still shy enough not to offer us a view. We turned south down the big hill, back out to the meadow and towards the evergreen stand where three, yes three, Yellow-throated Vireos put on a show right in front of us. We heard chattering and first thought it was another chipmunk, maybe a wren and as soon as we got them in our bins, BAM! Yellow throat, yellow eye-ring and white belly and man, were they angry at each other. They chattered, puffed up as if they were going to explode at one another and chased each other around, all at eye level.
Indigo buntings and American Redstarts were singing everywhere with an occasional Baltimore Oriole piping in as well. We finished the evening off walking the narrow path along the creek to the south of the Stubnitz Center and picked up Hairy Woodpecker and Song Sparrow. Next week, we are planning to meet at Ramsdell Park in Clayton, MI at the same time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The link to the park website is http://www.lenawee.mi.us/department/building-and-grounds?id=42 .