Exploring my new neighborhood, I headed to the south pier of Ludington Harbor after work. Saw a few nice but non-blogworthy birds. As I pulled out of the parking lot and headed south on S. Lakeshore Drive, a bird that flew up to the wires caught my eye. I had one of those Jack-Buck-1988-World-Series-Game-One moments "I don't believe..... what I just saw". It was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
In an email from Dave Dister, who's currently working on a book 'The Birds of Mason County, Michigan', this is the second Scissor-tailed Flycatcher ever in the county. The first one was by Gary Worton, October 14, 1975, 39 years ago almost to the day.
Here are the birds I saw out on the pier.
|Green-winged Teal hen|