5/4/2018

Here we have a fun looking image to describe a moment of this morning’s weather.  As I stood on the shoreline, I could literally see the difference between land and sea.  Thick gray clouds, some even causing rainfall were over the land, and clear fair weather was over Lake Michigan.  A nice day to be on a boat as some people were.  The wind came from the southwest, sometimes faster than 30 m.p.h. in the morning, but the afternoon is now a clam sunny day.

91 species of birds were found by the tower today, 3 were new for the year.  Today’s new species include: Sora, Least Flycatcher, & Grasshopper Sparrow.

Even this late into the spring, there are still White-winged Scoters & Red-breasted Mergansers to be counted.  10 scoters & 28 RB Mergansers were counted today.

3 American Woodcocks were heard peenting pre-dawn; they are still eager to display, but I guess the strong wind kept them from gaining altitude.

Other species that have recently returned to the area are also eager to establish their territories and find mates.  A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird felt like a male Indigo Bunting was a threat, so it made the effort to chase it around.

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A House Wren sang all day near the tower.  He seems to be looking at the bird house that has been looked at this spring by Eastern Bluebirds & Tree Swallows already.  He got extra excited, singing while displaying with wings open when a passing female briefly stopped to check him out, but she appeared to move on.

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Siskins & Goldfinches were still migrating in good numbers as they have been this week.  313 Pine Siskins & 878 American Goldfinches were counted today.

Other highlights include a Merlin, Prairie Warbler, & Summer Tanager.

Here is today’s complete list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45255418

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