Thursday Birding Aug. 2nd: Sparrows and Nighthawks

The stars and moon are aligned perfectly for our next field trip this Thursday, Aug 2nd…literally! I checked the moon phase calendar and we will have a 99% full moon, with a moon rise starting at 9 pm. The skies will be mostly clear with light winds. These are ideal conditions for a Nightjar survey. That being said I arranged permission with the City of Tecumseh to utilize the vacant Industrial Park just east of town on M-50. I picked this site because it is nice grassland habitat for sparrows and other birds. 

Here is a loose plan for the evening. 

6 pm: Meet at end of drive in the Industrial Park

6-8 pm: Walk along the grasslands in search of Vesper and Savannah Sparrows (recently spotted there by Darrin O’Brien).

8-9 pm: Social hour

9-11 pm: Quietly sit in lawn chairs under a full moon listening and looking for Nightjar. 


What to bring: 

lawn chair


bug spray



scope if you have one



The Industrial Park is approximately one mile east of Tecumseh on M-50 (south side).


Pointe Mouille

Pointe Mouille by Goyo P
Pointe Mouille, a photo by Goyo P on Flickr.

Snowy Egret, digiscoped

Other birds seen:
White Ibis
Bald Eagles
Ring-billed Bull
Herring Gull
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Green Heron
Caspian Tern
Forsters Tern
Song Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Double crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Canada Geese
Black Duck
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Red Head
Pied billed Grebe
Semipalmated Plover
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
SB Dowitcher
Mourning Dove
Eastern Kingbird
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Sedge Wren-heard
Marsh Wren-heard
Indigo Bunting
Mute Swan

Pointe Mouille Road Trip!

Hello birders,

We realize this is short notice but we are getting together this Saturday, July 28th at Pointe Mouille State Game Area along Lake Erie to try to locate the White Ibis which has been hanging out there recently.
We recommend you bring an off road bike if you have one, scope/binoculars, water and rain gear.  
If you would like to carpool we are meeting in the City of Milan lot across from hardware store at 6:15am.  From there we will head to Pointe Mouille and rendezvous with everyone else at the Siegler entrance at 7:15 am.   
See link for map…
Hope to see you there!