(Mostly) Birding By Ear - 16 May 2024

Sunny skies and 57F prompted a morning walk at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI. Arriving at 8:30 am I headed for the trails along the interior island of trees.

Birds were singing this morning with the sounds of Red-bellied Woodpecker, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and Carolina Wren. Though I tried I couldn't see any of the songsters.

I looped around counter-clockwise at the middle trail and headed to the NE corner of the patch and spotted the female Blue Grosbeak found by Bobby Irwin a few days ago. The bird was high in a snag, overall brown with strong wingbars and conical whitish bill. 

My second pass through the middle trail brought the first singing warblers: Tennessee Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler and American Redstart. Only the Magnolia Warbler appeared briefly at binocular distance. I would chase a pair of loud Tennessee Warblers but never get any looks at them. I had to settle for opportunistic photos of other birds:

American Robin

Great-crested Flycatcher

Tufted Titmouse,

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

and House Wren.

Elizabeth Park (Trenton), Wayne, Michigan, US
May 16, 2024 8:37 AM - 9:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.787 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     Sunny 60F
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  4
swan sp. (Cygnus sp.)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  6
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  14
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  5
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  1
Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina)  2
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  2
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  1     Female, overall brown w wingbars and thick whitish conical bill. Continues.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S174859731

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