Wednesday, April 22, 2009


About thirty folks from Manistee Audubon and Benzie Audubon met at the lakeside park in Arcadia for a morning of birdwatching. The Grand Traverse Audubon also had a field trip in the area. About 82 species were seen by Manistee folks. The following is a list of species seen by our group during the beautiful, sunny, warm, morning:

Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Sandhill Crane, Mute Swan, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, American Coot, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Snipe, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, American Kestrel, Ruffed Grouse, Ring-necked Pheasant (released bird), Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, White-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Lapland Longspur, Eastern Medowlark, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, House Finch.

If we had some more warblers and shorebirds it would have been a really big list, but hopefully that will come later!

Closer to home, at Lake Bluff we've seen a rose breasted grossbeak and towhee. The male goldfinches are all wearing their bright 'courting yellow' and a woman in Freesoil reports hearing an oriole. Now if it would just stop snowing...

Rich and Brian @ Lake Bluff

No comments: