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.

Lenawee Birders Bluebirds

TIP-BP-01 by Goyo P
TIP-BP-01, a photo by Goyo P on Flickr.

With permission from the Lenawee County Parks we were able to replace the existing dilapidated boxes with new at Bicentennial Park near Tipton, MI.

This is one of four new houses installed at the park on Sunday. These house will be checked weekly for Bluebird activity. Nesting data will be collected and submitted to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “Nestwatch” website.

Pileated Sighting

Centennial Woods by Goyo P
Centennial Woods, a photo by Goyo P on Flickr.

Happy New Year folks! Are you ready to start birding in 2012?! Wouldnt it be great to start the year with a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker! I spotted one at Bicentennial Park located on Tipton Road, just south of the Shepard. Centennial Park is a great place to see/hear woodpeckers. For one, the Emerald Ash Borer prettry much devastated the Ash trees there. BUT….woodpeckers are not complaining. That leaves them with more trees for feeding and nesting. The park does have a few challenges however. Due to flooding a pair of sturdy waterproof boots are recommended. The trail makes a circle around the property but when I was there a few days ago I needed waders to make a complete loop. Back tracking will be necessary. I recommend you take the trail left before crossing the first bridge and cross the second bridge. It will take you along the higher and drier portion of the park. In addition to birds it’s a great place to see some old growth American Beech (Fagus grandifolia). They are amazing to see and touch with their smooth bark.

Before you leave please read the placard at the trailhead. Notice that one of the organizations which assisted in the creation of the park was the Lenawee Audubon Society. In 2011 I met several folks who are interested in trying to get the Audubon Society back in Lenawee. If you are interested please let me know by commenting here. We’ll put you on a mailing list for upcoming planning meetings.

Good Birding!

Gregg