Date: 4/3/17 10:22 am From: Karen Markey <ylime...> Subject: [birders] Arb bonanza! | WAS-sponsored Arb field trip this Sat., 4/8, at 8 am, in search of early spring migrants
What a difference a day makes! In yesterday's warm weather, I had difficulty finding any spring migrants. Today it was raw and cold; however, my good luck started when I relocated the Winter wren that has been present at the "third inlet" on the southwest corner of Dow Prairie for a week. Only once he sang his complicated spring song every so lightly, punctuated by his kit-kit call. Seeking the Arb's few wooded locations where cleaning crews haven't cut down and removed the brush, I was fortunate to find there Fox sparrows, Hermit thrush, Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Golden-crowned kinglets, and more Winter wrens.
I am leading a WAS-sponsored field trip to the Arb this Saturday, April 8. Meet at the Riverside entrance at 8 am. I can't guarantee we'll see the full range of early spring migrants but we'll sure knock ourselves out trying. All are welcome to join the WAS field trip.
Here's my list from my visit to the Arb today:
Nichols Arboretum, Washtenaw, Michigan, US Apr 3, 2017 8:30 AM - 7:55 PM Protocol: Traveling 3.0 mile(s) 37 species
Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Phoebe 5 Blue Jay 7 American Crow 5 Black-capped Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 12 White-breasted Nuthatch 14 Brown Creeper 2 Winter Wren 5 Notes: Except for 2 hanging out together in the "second inlet" on the south border of Dow Prairie, these birds were scattered throughout the Arb wherever there was downed timber. The winter wren I reported a week ago in the "third input" on the southwest corner of Dow Prairie is still there. He prefers the south edge of the inlet, not the north edge where there's a ridge packed with downed timber. He calls and sings very softly from time to time.
Carolina Wren 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 10 Eastern Bluebird 2 Hermit Thrush 1 Notes: The thrush was in the company of 5 fox sparrows. Walk up the west north-south road that starts at Geddes and ends at the river. A little north of the lookout is the "Forsyth" bench on the west side of the road. Turn around and look east and down into the valley adjacent the road where there's brush and cover for birds to forage. American Robin 18 European Starling 3 Fox Sparrow 7 Notes: See Hermit thrush above. I had 2 more fox sparrows at a difficult-to-describe location but one where there was lots of brush. Dark-eyed Junco 5 White-throated Sparrow 6 Song Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 6 Red-winged Blackbird 2 Common Grackle 3 Brown-headed Cowbird 8 House Finch 7 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 2