I have read on Ebird recently that Carolina Wren and Red Eyed Vireo was at St Clair College, so I went a few times lately and yes... heard the song of the Red Eyed Vireo ("Here I am (pause) Where are you? (pause)"). The forest there is pretty impressive. It is lush and wild. There were about 4 unique mushrooms growing on the path that I've never seen before. There were bugs and spiders everywhere. Mosquitos galore. I had to carry a walking stick to break down all the spiderwebs that crossed the path. It was birdy as well.
|Red Eyed Vireo|
St Clair College
Red Eyed Vireo
Black Capped Chickadee
Ruby Throated Humingbird
Then I went to Ojibway and for some reason, had an **incredible** birding walk. It was just one of those days that I saw the whole gammut of birds that graces this wonderful place. Furthermore, I saw a Red Headed Woodpecker pair! I saw two birds going from tree to tree, they were large and had white/black bottoms. I was thinking they were Yellow Billed Cuckoos. But no, they were Red Headed Woodpeckers! INCREDIBLE!
I saw Indigo Bunting easily today, then Eastern Bluebirds easily as well. You have to look and listen for them but they are very present in the Ojibway Prarie area. I saw Downy, Red Bellied Woodpeckers as well. Eastern Towhee were singing "You Are.... cheap cheap cheap" (I think it says that because my lens does not have a red ring around it (Canon L lens). Regarding butterfly watching, I saw GSF, Comma, and Common Buckeye butterflies as well, for the second time in my life (and the first time outside of Point Pelee). At one point I observed two Silver Spotted Skippers mating. I saw Eastern Wood Pewees, Tufted Titmouse... it really was incredible today.
Red headed Woodpecker
Red bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird (I saw many today somehow in various molts)
Eastern Wood Pewee
Overall, it was an Incredible Walk today. Besides the Red Headed Woodpecker, there are no major discoveries, but it was really nice how just one after another they made their appearance.
|Out of focus Towhee|