Barred Owl 1
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Vesper Sparrow 1
WESTERN MEADOWLARK 1
PRAIRIE WARBLER 1
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW 1
Cooke Dam "Y Road", IO
Huron National Forest, IO
Tawas Point, IO
What drew me up there? It started with a WESTERN TANAGER that Dan Duso found & texted me at the Tawas Point feeders on Saturday. Sunday was a good day of birding at Tawas Point with the current Tawas Point birding sleuth, Jason Bojczyk.
Today hit full birding throttle as I heard a WESTERN MEADOWLARK in a large clear cut near Kirtland's Warbler habitat. While listening to it, Jason texted that Karl Overman found a EURASIAN TREE SPARROW at the Tawas Point feeders. WHATTT???!!! I raced to the point and it came to the feeders off and on for several birders including myself.
Feeling very good about the morning, I walked out past the lighthouse toward the point when I heard a PRAIRIE WARBLER sing in the first jack pine stand. YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME??!! I texted Jason and others came with him and it sang several more times but stayed hidden in the jack pines. It slowly worked/sang its way toward the point and Jason then texted me to say he had it in a low juniper bush. I caught up with him and it sang a number of times and finally gave a brief appearance before dropping back down into the juniper bush.
If you've made it this far in my rambling post, I'm sorry but this was an epic three days of birding. This was my first Western Tanager in Michigan. I've only seen Western Meadowlark and Prairie Warbler one other time in Michigan. The Eurasian Tree Sparrow was a LIFE bird for me.
Geez, the two Piping Plovers didn't even make my highlight list. Again...EPIC!!!