Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mocker and Shrike on Upper Mac Field Trip

Liz Notman led sixteen club members and others around the Upper Macatawa Natural Area this morning.  Besides dodging raindrops, we saw a good number of individual birds and some excellent species.

Of special note were a Northern Mockingbird along the paved trail between the parking lot and the overlook and a Northern Shrike perched on a marsh snag south of the trail.  Here is Travis Dewys' photo of the mockingbird and the eBird report for the morning.

Oct 19, 2013
Upper Macatawa Natural Area
1 mile
150 Minutes
Observers: 17

25 Canada Goose
8 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Killdeer
10 Herring/Ring-billed Gull
30 Mourning Dove
3 Northern Flicker
1 Northern Shrike
6 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Eastern Bluebird
6 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
12 European Starling
10 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Eastern Towhee -- female (probably 2)
1 Fox Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
12 White-crowned Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
12 Red-winged Blackbird
3 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch