Thursday, May 21, 2009

Yellow-rumped Warbler flycatching

Swainson's Hawk

Highlights: Hudsonian Godwit, Swainson's Hawk, and Eurasian Tree Sparrow
The songbird and shorebird migrations have been picking up. In addition to the hundreds of Blue Jays and White-crowned Sparrows, many other species have been present recently. Recent sightings include Black-bellied, Semipalmated and Piping Plover, Whimbrel, Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher,Common Nighthawk, Least Flycatcher, Tree, Northern Rough-winged, Bank, Cliff and Barn Swallows, Eastern Bluebird, Blue-gray Gnatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Clay-colored, Lincoln's and Swamp Sparrows, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted and Evening Grosbeaks, Bobolink, Rusty Blackbird, and Baltimore Oriole.

Sharp-shinned Hawk with a Blue Jay

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Glaucous Gull

This second-cycle Glaucous Gull was present on the beach near the tip of Whitefish Point today.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Warblers are here!

Warblers have finally arrived in good numbers, with 20 species reported today here at Whitefish Point, including this Chestnut-sided Warbler. Other warbler species seen today were Golden-winged, Cape May, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Nashville, Black-and-white, Blackpoll, Blackburnian, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's, Orange-crowned, Tennessee, Western Palm, Common Yellowthroat, Ovenbird, and Northern Waterthrush. Non-warbler sightings today included a female Bobolink, a Scarlet Tanager, two Baltimore Orioles, a Gray Catbird, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, hundreds of White-crowned Sparrows, tens of White-throated Sparrows, some Savannah Sparrows, some Clay-colored Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow, a Gray-cheeked Thrush, a Swainson's Thrush, two Piping Plovers, a Merlin...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Great Gray Owls

This is one of three Great Gray Owls that were seen near the Owl's Roost gift shop at nightfall Saturday. What a bird!