Thursday, May 6, 2010


Spruce Grouse

After the early morning rain the sky cleared up a little bit, and the most species in a day this spring were recorded. No new songbirds arrived, but the number of warbler species is back up to 5. The waterbird count had a nice diversity of waterfowl and the hawk count didn't pick up until the end of the count.

Number of species at the point today(including counts): 72

Highlights: Ruffed Grouse, Greater Yellowlegs, Caspian Tern, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallows, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Brown Thrasher, American Pipits, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Lapland Longspur.

Other: David Bell found 9 Willets at the Tahquamenon Rivermouth early in the morning, and they were still seen later in the evening. A Northern Mockingbird was at Vermillion and a Spruce Grouse was at Vermillion Road.

Warbler species(5): Nashville-2, Yellow-rumped-8, Black-throated Green-1, Pine-2, and Palm-2.

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