My one-third acre of paradise in Southgate has been sold. In my ten years at that suburban Detroit location I observed 140 species of birds. The best was the first and so far only Wayne County record Rufous Hummingbird that arrived November 7, 2011 and stayed until the 14th. All photos in this post were taken from the yard.
|The Rufous on fire|
Another bird that created a lot of buzz was a Yellow-throated Warbler that made a two minute cameo appearance on April 19, 2012. I had been given a heads up to look out for this species, in my Sycamore trees, by Tex Wells when he stopped by to see the Rufous Hummingbird. The Yellow-throated is one of 21 warbler species that I've seen in the yard.
The house's location appears to be at the convergence of a couple of flyways. Every April Common Loons flyover following three distinct flight paths. Two originate from Lake Erie to the south and east, while the other, a southwest to northeast path, possibly stems from Lake Michigan according to Loon Migration Researcher Kevin Kenow.
|Best Loon shot from my yard|
|Cardinal photobombed by White-throated Sparrow|
|Northern Flicker and American Robin|
|Out of season Chipping Sparrow on February 3 2013|
|Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak|
|Female Black-throated Blue Warbler|
|Eastern Wood Pewee|
I would see Pine Siskins yearly. In 2008 and '09, I had them return around the 20th of June after vacating the area in mid- May.
|Pine Siskin protecting what's his.|
All three local Falcon species were on the list.
Three years in a row I saw Merlins
|Cape May Warbler|
|Red-eyed Vireo with a Katydid|
|Composite of a flock of White-winged Crossbills|
|Migrating Bald Eagle|
|Yearly Wilson's Warbler|
Palm Warbler was a bird that had been on my yard nemesis-list for a while. During spring and fall migration these birds are everywhere but my yard. It wasn't until Sept. 30, 2013 that I added it to the yardlist and it returned the next day so it became part of the October list also.
|#140 Yellow-throated Vireo|