Crosswinds Marsh Sparrows - 03 Oct 2009

Cathy Carroll led a small group of birders from Washtenaw Audubon on a tour of the marsh this wet Saturday morning. Six of us met at the parking lot at 8 am and promptly headed north through the woods to the open fields adjacent to the horse trail. Between intermittent rains and gusting winds we managed a pretty good morning of sparrow-watching.

We came across small flocks of Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows. Under the powerlines we managed to add Field Sparrows, as well. We even managed nice looks at both female and male Eastern Towhees.

Of the non-sparrow variety, we saw Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Bluebirds, Nashville Warblers, Swainson's Thrush, Blue Jays, American Robins, Wood Ducks and Great Blue Herons. I was lucky to find a pair of Belted Kingfishers on my way out. Although it was cool, windy and wet we still enjoyed the morning walk. Thanks, Cathy!

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