Monday, July 10, 2017

200 Birds!

As of my last "50 birds" post, I predicted I would have seen 200 bird species in my home county by August. It turns out this was a gross underestimation of my birding mojo, for I ended up reaching The Big 2-0-0 by May 28th! 

My 200th bird was a great one... On this particular morning, I was out to find some specific targets, including the Yellow-breasted Chat at Inwood Stony Creek. This particular chat was chatty as can be, and afforded some brief but repeated appearances. When I was satisfied with my views, it was off into the woods. Here I got my lifer Acadian Flycatcher with the help of Paul Poronto, Macomb birder, photographer, and blogger extraordinaire. Sometime along the way, I happened to look over at just the right moment... and what to my wondering eyes did appear but a Wood Thrush, in all its speckled cinnamon glory! 

The Wood Thrush sings a song that reminds me of the Happy Birthday song, with metallic trills at the end of each flutelike phrase. Happy Birthday to meeeee! Happy Birthday to meeeee! Thinking of that beautiful song seemed fitting for this celebratory moment.

Video of its call, courtesy LabofOrnithology:

What follows is the 4th edition of  my "50 birds" posts, which includes photos of species I spotted in my home county this year, listed in order by the date I first observed them. 

If you want to start from the beginning, here are links to the first three installments:

My next post of this kind will likely be at the end of the year, and will probably include fewer than 50 birds (last year my end of year total was 216 species for the home county). If I surpass that number this year, I'll be super happy; and then, the fun starts over on January 1st. 😊

May 2nd

Red-eyed Vireo
Ring-necked Pheasants

May 3rd

American Redstart

Not pictured: King Rail (an incredibly awesome and uncommon bird and ✨Life Bird #269✨ for me). Unfortunately I never saw it, only heard its distinctive call. Click here to listen, see a range map, and learn more about this species. Its conservation status is listed as "Near Threatened".

May 6th

Green Heron
Not pictured: Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow

May 7th

Clay-colored Sparrow 💛

May 10th

Sedge Wren, ✨Life Bird #271✨
Blue-winged Warbler

May 11th

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)
Great-crested Flycatcher
Lincoln's Sparrow
Magnolia Warbler
Not pictured: Common Tern

May 13th

Orchard Oriole
Nashville Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Not pictured: Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo

May 15th

Louisiana Waterthrush
Wilson's Warbler
Eastern Kingbird
Black-crowned Night Heron
May 16th
Mourning Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler

Canada Warbler

May 17th

White-eyed Vireo ✨Life Bird #273✨
Swainson's Thrush
Northern Waterthrush

Not pictured: Alder Flycatcher

May 21st

Gray-cheeked Thrush
Bay-breasted Warbler
Not pictured: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Least Bittern

May 22nd

Least Sandpiper
Willow Flycatcher
Black-billed Cuckoo

May 24th

Grasshopper Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow (my fav sparrow 💚)

May 26th

Black Tern
Common Nighthawk (a new bird for my yard!)

May 27th

Scarlet Tanager
Hooded Warbler
May 28th

Yellow-breasted Chat
Not pictured: Acadian Flycatcher (✨Life Bird #275✨), Wood Thrush

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