Monday, November 8, 2010

Michigan Lakeshore Birding Trip

Some folks were intently birding, others multi-tasking between texting and scoping...and despite being one of the tallest in the group, Tom wanted to get the true birds eye view.

A group of birders from the Madison Audubon Society birded the west shore of Lake Michigan from South Metro Pier in Oak Creek to North Point in Sheboygan this past Sunday. The group was led by Aaron Stutz with attendance by some of our favorite Madison area birding personalities. The weather was cooperative, the company good.

We were greeted by this sleepy-eyed Red Fox at our first stop of the day...

Soon after, the best bird and a lifer for many, a Red Phalarope, was found at South Metro Pier in Oak Creek. 

Red Phalarope

Red Phalarope

Red Phalarope

For comparison here are some photos of Red-necked Phalaropes taken this fall in the Gulf Stream off of the North Carolina Coast...

But back to Lake Michigan...Coming in at 2nd place for the trip was the Western Grebe found by Tom Prestby at the Texas Ave. Overlook in Milwaukee (no picture available, sorry).

Until the next time...Good times and good birding!