• Todd

Spring - A Time of Change

Before I start, I'd like to mention to everyone that my old website is gone. This will take it's place. I've moved the pictures from the old one to here and naturally will be adding to the galleries as I post. It's basically same name, different place. If you have a minute, please take a look, let me know what you think. If you like it and know anyone that may, please share it. If you hate it, but know someone that might like it, please share. It's easy - Click on the photos tab at the top and choose your direction.

This time around, little words, lots of pictures. I hope you enjoy...

Every year I have these great plans to get here and there during Spring migration. They never happen because life happens and things just get in the way. Weather is also a factor. Sunny and dry while you are at work, then dark, gloomy and rainy when you actually have the time to get out. Normally I would trek down into Ohio a couple times and go shoulder to shoulder with the 100's of people that turn out at Magee Marsh. This year I was all set to go and then just didn't. Instead, I stayed home and tried some new places. No crowds, no long drive and plenty of birds. I will be the first to admit, I got very, very lucky. If every year was going to be like this, I'd never venture back to Ohio again! This month's blog is going to be picture heavy. It may also be filled with misidentified birds. If anyone notices a wrong ID, please let me know so that I can correct it. All pictures are from #PureMichigan and less than an hour's drive of my house!

Let's start with a quick sparrow lesson, beginning at my driveway!

White-crowned Sparrow

Field Sparrow (yes, taken in a field)

Chipping Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is an interesting little bird. I've read that when they catch a larger insect, they will rip off the wings and then beat it on a branch to tenderize it before eating it!

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

I actually got to watch this happen, but it was a Chestnut-sided Warbler doing the beating to a large moth. It was a very short Spring for the moth.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Is it me or does the Chestnut below just look angry?

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Two Warblers that always seem to be happy, the Palm and the Yellow. Palm Warblers just seem to pass through our area, but the Yellow do nest all across SE Michigan and they love to sing all Spring long!

Palm Warbler

Yellow Warbler

One morning I took a quick drive to a spot a friend told me about where a certain bird breeds. Well not only could I not remember what bird he told me breeds there, but the trail had not been cut in a couple years. I was able to find a somewhat friendly Brown Thrasher.

Brown Thrasher

Not far from the Thrasher was a Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee and Eastern Bluebird

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Towhee (M)

Eastern Towhee (F)

Eastern Bluebird

If you've ever thought you have heard a cat in the woods, it's likely a Gray Catbird calling.