Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 25, 2016

Montrose was hopping this morning with passerines, dominant among them Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers and Swamp Sparrows. Also, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Hermit Thrushes, White-throated and Savannah Sparrows, American Pipit, Cliff Swallow, and a male Scarlet Tanager. Non-passerine highlights include Great Egret, Green Heron, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson’s Snipe, and Virginia Rail.

South winds in spring are the ticket.

Red-throated Loons, April 19 & 20, 2016

I’m still in waterbird mode, which means I haven’t been paying much
attention to landbirds. This is just as well as the persistent east
winds have put a damper on passerine migration along the lakefront.
Yesterday and today, April 20, I had single Red-throated Loons flying
north past the Point. Yesterday’s bird looked like an adult in nearly
full breeding plumage. Not exactly what I want to see at this time of
the year but I’ll take them.

Other than the loons I saw little else of interest. Red-breasted
Mergansers are still around as are a few Horned Grebes. I had several
large flocks of Double-crested Cormorants winging north too.

Here’s to southwest winds.

Red-throated and Common Loons, April, 13, 2016

I walked out onto the Fishhook Pier this morning, April 13,
to see what if anything was on the water or flying by. It’s getting late
for waterfowl so I wasn’t expecting much but I did have Common and
Red-throated Loons. The Common was on the water on the lakeside and the
Red-throated, a basic type bird, was flying north. I also saw a few
Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal flying around, small numbers of Lesser
Scaup, a couple Bufflehead, and continuing Red-breasted Mergansers and a
few Horned Grebes. I didn’t look very hard for landbirds but with the
east winds I wouldn’t expect to see many.

Short-eared Owl, April 11, 2016

I had a latish Short-eared Owl at Montrose this morning, April 11. The
bird flushed from the native planting area at the southeast corner of
the Point and circled the beach a few times before I lost sight of it. I
don’t know if it came down in the Dunes but that seems likely. I didn’t
spend a lot of time birding so I didn’t see much else, the most
interesting thing (for me) being a FOY Northern Rough-winged Swallow at
the Harbor mouth.