Birdwatching in the Great Lakes Region
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sssage @ : Chicagoland unknown bird migration
I first saw these guys YEARS ago when we scrapped David's car. There must have been over 500 of them at that point with other groups still converging.
Since I moved into my new house I've heard these guys go by year after year and never spotted them in time. From what I could tell they had already passed my house each time I was outside and heard them. My parents thought I was crazy when I'd tell them about the birds, especially the first time I saw them at the scrap yard.
Today was a day I could leave school early and got home. Explorer_Fam picked me up from the train station to save me a walk and dropped me off. I got out of the car and heard the birds calling. I looked up and saw the first bunch fly over and circle in skies above my house.
"Myles, get out here come see this!" He saw the birds too. "Jess why are they just circling?" "I think they are navigating..."
Then 2 more flocks join in the circling. Fam had to take care of some chores and headed off and I headed inside. My mom was home and I asked if I could borrow her outside for 2 seconds. We went out and 4 new flocks flew one behind the other to join in the circling. I realized that they were waiting up for everyone to join in the migration. There must have been 200+ birds at this point ::stunned::
It wasn't until about the tail end of this that I even thought to grab my camera. I got it, there were still quite a few flying around. So ok I have no idea what these guys are, I've just guessed them as cranes. So with video and sound PLEASE someone tell me what they are, because this is just too cool each year
Current Mood: curious
May 6th, 2008
buachaill_dubh @ : I saw it !!!
mottled duck at Hillman Marsh...
also a great variety of warblers and shorebirds to be seen... go if you are within any kind of driving range of the place.
December 23rd, 2007
destabee @ : Bird list for 12/23
I live about 5 miles from the Lake Michigan shore in Chesterton. This afternoon I looked out the window and saw this in the tree where I have several feeders. Too bad that one twig is in front of its face. I am fairly certain this is a Cooper's Hawk.
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weather conditions--very cold (19F) and windy, overcast with spitting snow
July 15th, 2007
mikilt @ : Piper/Plover ID help
I was walking along the beach in SW Michigan and happened to photograph this bird. Checking against my National Geographic Field Guide, my Birds of Michigan book and trusty ol' Whatbird.com I believe it's possibly either a Dowitcher or a perhaps a Stilt Sandpiper.
Any input/opinions are welcome!
X-posted to ornithology
July 1st, 2007
mikilt @ : A few birds from along Lake Michigan
Cliff Swallows, Northern Rough winged Swallows, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow <-- All photographed within 20' of each other!
Tern, Black Capped Night Heron, Franklin's Gull
Killdeer, Red winged Blackbird and Grackle
May 22nd, 2007
padaviya @ : A robin pair built a nest over my mom's door a while ago (she tried to shoo them away, but the spot was just too good and she's always away on business), and she just called to tell me that one of the babies has fallen out of the nest.
Does anyone have any idea what to do? The baby is only a few weeks old and much too young to fly. The baby obviously can't stay on the step, especially because my mom has to step over it to get inside (and she only has the one door).
Any advice? Will the parents abandon it if she puts it back in the nest using a cloth or a bag instead of her bare hands - or will that make the parents abandon the nest entirely? As it is, the parents are both hopping around the baby.