[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
The downside of getting so many birds this early in the year, is very similar to having so many birds later in the year. It is a little hard to get new ones. It is too early for most of the incoming spring migrants, and the water is still frozen over on most lakes so ducks are few and far between on open rivers.
Green-winged Teal has been a frustrating dipper this year. I have 10 checklists from there with no sighting of it yet. I probably have 3 or 4 other times I've driven by there quick and can't find them. Red-breasted Merganser at Stuart's Landing also hasn't made an appearance each time I have checked. Both are frustrating, but not concerning as far as a miss for the year. I'll get them eventually.
Took a long weekend from Chaos and did manage to pick up 3 or 4 FOY birds. I add in the "or" because one of them is Brewer's Blackbird. I have a shot of a male that the GISS just looks different from the Rusty Blackbirds nearly and a female with dark eyes. Large Blackbird flocks have started to show up and Rusties have been plentiful.
I also finally got a Turkey Vulture. Now that has been a frustratingly long wait for a FOY bird as they have been seen all year by random people driving down the highway. I also managed very rough looks at American Wigeon on Division Drive way out in the Kalamazoo River. It warmed up this weekend so the mirage was massive across the field and onto the water.
This is again just a massive year for the county. We are at 106, or 107 if the Brewer's is accepted. 107 would tie with Allegan at 11, just 1 bird behind Kalamazoo. We won't stay up there, but this is definitely the longest we have been in rarified air. Previous high is 112 by the end of March. We should go well beyond that. At 87 birds I should be able to surpass my previous high pace by end of March of 92. There are still 20 birds I've not seen yet that are on the county list, with only 2 of them probably not happening.
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My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)