Return to Kirtland’s Warbler Country

Female Kirtland's Warbler

Female Kirtland’s Warbler

I got back in town Monday night from a Memorial Day weekend excursion with the Chicago Ornithological Society to East Tawas, Michigan and environs for the Kirtland’s Warbler and many, many other birds. I have had hardly any time to review even the first day’s shots but here are a few from the very beginning. We started with our search for the Kirtland’s on Saturday morning and we were successful.

Kirtland's Warbler Female-2869

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is managing significant Jack Pine habitat for Kirtland’s Warblers. Indeed, this is the only way the species can survive on its breeding grounds. While habitat management is working and the numbers of breeding pairs have increased, there is now an effort to delist the Kirtland’s Warbler which will mean significant lack of funding for maintaining habitat, and without management the species will likely be endangered again.

Brewer's Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Another species that seems to like this habitat is the Brewer’s Blackbird. We saw several, if not necessarily at close range. They were busy following a tractor that was tilling soil for managed planting of Jack Pine saplings.

Brewer's Blackbird-2855

Not shown are the Brown-Headed Cowbirds which are also “managed” for their predation on Kirtland’s Warbler nests. I will not elaborate here, but you can read all about it at the link to the Michigan DNR webpage.

The male Kirtland’s Warblers could be heard singing but they were a bit cagey about photographs. When I manage to get through my recordings I will add a song to this post.

Male Kirtland's Warbler

Male Kirtland’s Warbler

After visiting the Kirtland’s Warblers we moved on to Tawas Point where the most frequently seen bird of the trip, the Baltimore Oriole, was first to greet us. I hope to continue soon with more pictures from the Point.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Sorry this is a short post. Alas, I must get back to work. See you soon.

6 thoughts on “Return to Kirtland’s Warbler Country

      • Hi Lisa, how fortunate to run into you at McGinniss this morning. We enjoyed the conversation and have signed into your blog. Take care, Julie & Jim

      • Thank you so much for checking out and subscribing to my blog, Jim and Julie! It was great to meet up with you and Annabelle, your lovely new puppy. I hope to run into you again, as McGinnis is also one of my favorite spots. If you search the blog you should find posts about previous visits. I will have a few pictures from today’s Palos meanderings later.

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