LEMP Warblers - 10 Sep 2021

Another hot and humid day would bring no migrating raptors through the Detroit River Hawk Watch here at Lake Ere Metropark, but I was going to stop by and hope for the best. 

I started at the Marshland Museum and walked the trail. A pair of American Robins were feeding on dogwood berries. 

Warbler action was initially slow. The only birds seen were Red-eyed Vireos, and even they were giving challenging looks.

I was startled when an 8-point buck trotted into view from the trail up ahead. He ducked into the brush, only to be followed by another 8-point buck!

As I rounded the corner of the trail a Swainson's Thrush appeared momentarily.

I finally got into a few warblers that started with American Redstarts

More Red-eyed Vireos appeared and offered nice looks. And photos.

A Black-and-White Warbler appeared high in the canopy and took all 1240 mm of my camera to capture.

The east side of the trail was more productive. Blackpoll Warblers appeared overhead. This one appears to be a first year bird missing some toes on its orange feet.

Bay-breasted Warblers also appeared overhead.

After spending some time at the hawk watch I took a watch along the Cherry Trail just south of the boat launch. Warbling Vireos were active, along with more Red-eyed Vireos and Black-capped Chickadees

American Coots are beginning to amass in the canals for a long winter. Pied-billed Grebes are still hanging around.

The walk back brought me into view of an adult male Black-throated Blue Warbler. In the low light of the understory I could only manage a couple of keeper images at 1/80 sec shooting at 840mm and ISO 3200.

This Song Sparrow is having a bad tail day.

I spent a few minutes along the woods at the edge of the parking lot at the boat launch looking for warblers. Mark Hainen had just shown me a photo of a Blackburnian Warbler that had some makings of a rare Townsend's Warbler.

A Magnolia Warbler made a brief appearance. 

My first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the fall appeared. It could have easily been mistaken for a 1st year Cape May Warbler, right down to the yellow rump, had it not been for the white undertail pattern that was a better match for the former.

My day would end with an adult female Bay-breasted Warbler with her overall buffy coloration and dark eyeline.


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