Date: 4/8/17 1:48 pm From: Karen Markey <ylime...> Subject: [birders] Early spring (4/8) field trip report to the Arb: Winter wrens galore!
Our group of about two dozen birders began today's field trip with two pairs of Wood ducks perched in the trees at the end of Riverview, including one of the females investigating a hole in a thick, bulky branch. Golden-crowned kinglets were seen from the trip's beginning to end. Almost everyone in the group got good looks at target species: Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Eastern phoebe, Brown creeper, both Kinglets, Hermit thrush, Pine warbler, and Yellow-rumped warbler. Eluding us was Fox sparrow until the very end when we returned to our cars -- Alex caught sight of a Fox sparrow in the dense brush paralleling Pineview Ct.
The star of today's field trip was WINTER WREN. A couple of us caught sight of Old Faithful, that is, the Winter wren who has been seen and heard for over a week and a half in the downed timber lining the wood margins at third inlet of Dow Prairie's southwest corner. We relocated to the second inlet where three Winter wrens came into view and at least one sang repeatedly his complex and lengthy sound. Looping the Arb, our group caught sight of another three Winter wrens here and there, resulting in a grand total of EIGHT Winter wrens today! What a treat!
Many thanks to all birders who located birds and gave directions to their fellow birders so they could also see them. A big heap of gratitude to Norka Saldana who kept a running list of today's sightings. This was a super great day, and I encourage birders to GET OUT THERE now while warm south winds push the birds north to us.
Nichols Arboretum, Washtenaw, Michigan, US Apr 8, 2017 8:00 AM - 1:03 PM Protocol: Traveling 3.5 mile(s) Comments: Washtenaw Audubon Field Trip ... 42 species