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.


Onsted’s Osprey

Yesterday, Connie Spotts, a Jackson Audubon member, posted a sighting of an Osprey nest near Onsted, MI.  The nest is located on a cell phone tower off Springville Hwy, approximately 1 mile south of M-50.  I went there yesterday after work and took a few pics through my scope.  The pics are not the best.  The nest is far from the road.  I only saw one Osprey while I was there, but Connie reported that there are two.  One of them was actively building/adding to the nest while I was there.

On my way home I stopped by Hidden Lake Gardens to soak in some beautiful spring weather.  During my short stay there I spotted four woodpecker species, a Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy and Sapsucker.  I was hoping to also find a Hairy Woodpecker but none would cooperate.

Hidden Lake Gardens species:  Pileated Woodpecker, Downey Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Bluejay, American Robin, Field Sparrow, American Crow, Eastern Bluebird, Black capped Chickadee, Junco, House Finch, Phoebe, Mourning Dove, Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, White breasted Nuthatch, Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, Starling, Killdeer, Trumpeter Swans, Red-winged Blackbird and Tufted Titmouse.