[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
The week was relatively quiet, as I stayed home for all but today. Still getting plenty of Turkeys around the yard, with two large Toms and at least one of them continuing to try to show off. The Robin that had a nest 10 feet from my door continue to grow rapidly. The Chunky Monkees have grown so much the nail was starting to pull out the wreath was on, as well as it was down to one strand hanging on there. I grabbed a large screw and some paracord and stabilized it so there should be no risk of it falling. Also placed puppy kennel around there so dogs will stay away.
Some synchronicity happened this week as a Michigan list serve had a posting responding that "BirdNet" called the bird on a call, then on Whatbird I saw someone post a link to a BirdNet recording. I looked it up and never realized that Cornell has an online song identification program, as well as an app. I've found just under 1000 recordings that I'm sure I've not gotten through 5% of them to decide to pitch or post. So I have been trying to go through some of those, staring with the latest. I uploaded a song I recorded that I thought was a Savannah Sparrow on the same day I fought the ticks at Baker to see the Yellow-breasted Chat. BirdNet called it a Golden-winged Warbler, and I got confirmation on Whatbird. One more added to the year of a bird I had no chance of in the fall. So despite the crappy 2 weeks during migration I managed to best my pace through May. I don't expect to do the same through June. I am having a tough time finding the Alder, despite driving around most of the morning. Lots of Acadian Flycatchers though.
Even rarer than the Golden-winged Warbler was this completely white European Starling I found near D DR N and 10.5 Mile. I'm pretty sure it is a full albino bird, but the eye color is hard to tell. Thing is going to have it rough since it sticks out in the flock of black and grey Starling. In fact an American Kestrel took a run at the flock. I may have to check that spot now and then to see if I can get some better pics.
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My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)