|It was a beautiful morning at the point
and the birds were very active. Eastern Wood-Pewees were calling along
with Great -crested, Willow and Alder
Flycatchers. A pair of Gadwall
and a single Blue-winged Teal were
observed near point 1. Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated
Green Warblers, and American Redstarts were the only warblers present
today. Marsh Wrens were very active near the pond this morning. Also
detected in the marsh were Sedge Wrens, Soras, Virginia Rails, and
Swamp Sparrows. Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos were abundant along with
Cedar Waxwings. Multiple Wood Thrushes
could be heard singing. House Wrens, Northern Cardinals, Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, Song Sparrows and Eastern Kingbirds
were also seen today. The day finished with some excitement, and a
rare sighting for the point: a single male Yellow-headed
Blackbird. This bird was seen in a Willow Tree on the beach.
It has been several years since this species has been detected at
|We surveyed five different points today
and had a good variety of species and a lot of activity. Swallows
seen today included Barn, Northern Rough-winged,
Tree, Cliff, and Purple Martin.
The Cedar Waxwings were active
in large flocks near the point. Virginia
Rails, Soras, Marsh Wrens and Swamp
Sparrows were heard in the lagoon. Several flycatcher
species were seen today, including Least Flycatcher, Willow
Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, and Great-crested
Flycatcher. Warblers included Northern
Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler,
Wilsons Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Magnolia Warbler,
and Bay-breasted Warbler. Other
species today included Indigo Bunting,
Scarlet Tanager, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Swainsons Thrush,
Wood Thrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray Catbird, Red-tailed hawk,
Turkey Vulture, Caspian Tern and Eastern
|Today was cool and overcast, but the
birds were still quite active. We recorded the first Black-billed
Cuckoo of the season for the point. Other fists for the year
included Alder Flycatcher and Philadelphia
Vireo. Fourteen warbler species were recorded including a Connecticut
Warbler. An Osprey was also
observed from the beach.
|It was a beautiful day at the point with a total
of 56 species. Notable firsts of the year included multiple
Sedge Wrens singing at the edge of the marsh, a Mourning
Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, and Green Heron. The Red-headed
Woodpecker was seen again today and seems to be hanging around.
Multiple Virginia Rails were heard
in the marsh as well. Caspian, Common and Forster's Terns were all
seen today, along with several species of ducks including Mallards,
Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, American
Wigeon and an American Black Duck.
|Today was an amazing day at the point. We had a
total of 85 species this morning, with 22 different species of warblers.
This will not be an exhaustive list, but will provide a sampling of
today's sightings. Some of the warblers seen today were Orange-crowned,
Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-throated
Green, Black-throated Blue, Blue-winged,
Golden-winged and many Wilson's. Perhaps the greatest excitement of
the day came when we saw a Yellow-breasted
Chat. Vireos included Yellow-throated, Blue-headed, Warbling
and Red-eyed. Thrushes included
Wood, Veery, Swainson's, Grey-cheeked and American Robin. There
were numerous Scarlet Tanagers,
Baltimore Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. We also had a Red-headed
Woodpecker. In the marsh, we had Soras calling, and we saw
a Virginia Rail. There were many
White-crowned Sparrows, and even
a few Lincoln's Sparrows. Least Flycatchers
were also present.
|There was good bird activity at the point today.
Highlights included the first Bay-breasted
Warbler, Magnolia Warbler and Black-throated Blue Warbler of
the season at Point Sauble. Another first for the season was a
White-crowned Sparrow. Other species seen today were Yellow-throated
Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, and Great-crested Flycatcher. Other
warbler species included Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-sided
Warbler, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Golden-winged Warbler,
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Black-throated
Green Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Nashville
Warbler and Ovenbird. Baltimore Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
were abundant. On the lake, Common Tern, Caspian Tern and Forster's
Tern were all present.
|I went back to check the point this morning to compare
the level of activity to yesterday. Many of the species from yesterday
were still present today, but there were fewer species of warblers.
Baltimore Orioles were very active this morning. The only new addition
today was the first Eastern Towhee
of the season.
|Today was an amazing day at Point Sauble. A large
wave of migrants showed up over night and it provided an incredible
diversity of species. Dr. Howe’s ornithology class was out in
the morning near the base. Despite some rain, it was an impressive
day birding. We did not keep an exhaustive list, but here are some
of the highlights: Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, House Wren, Veery,
Gray Catbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Baltimore Oriole.
Warblers included Northern Parula, Blue-winged
Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Cape May Warbler,
Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green
Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Ovenbird, and Northern
Waterthrush. Inspired by the birds earlier in the day, I went
back out to Point Sauble again in the afternoon. In the wooded area
near the base of Point Sauble, there was a Red-headed
Woodpecker. In the same area I also spotted a Yellow-throated
Vireo and a Golden-winged Warbler. I then headed out to the
point, where I had a number of other species, including Spotted
Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Soras and a Great-crested Flycatcher.
I also saw Scarlet Tanagers (male
and female) and a male Indigo Bunting.
Other species of warblers at the point this afternoon included American
Redstarts, a Tennessee Warbler and a Wilson's Warbler.
|In spite of the steady rain and cool temperatures,
many migrants were active at Point Sauble this afternoon. There were
many American Robins present and we recorded the first Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers of the year for the point. Another first for the
year was an Orange-crowned Warbler
that was mixed in with the numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers. Several
Northern Waterthrushes were heard from the flooded woods around
point ten. A flock of Rusty Blackbirds
were observed in this same area along with a Brown Creeper.
|We had a great day at the point with 45 species
observed. Many species of woodpeckers were seen today, including Red-bellied,
Downy, Hairy, Northern Flicker and the first Pileated
Woodpecker of the season. Other forest species include Ruby-crowned
and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper
(many), Blue Jay, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.
We also had the first White-throated
Sparrow sighting at the point this year. Belted
Kingfishers could be seen near the bridge. Waterfowl included
American Black Duck, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead,
Mallards, Common Mergansers, Lesser and Greater Scaup. American
White Pelicans could be seen near the point. We capped off
our day with a good look at the first Forster's
Tern of the season.
|Several species of swallows can now be seen at the
Point, including Tree Swallows, and the recently arrived Northern
Rough-winged Swallow (first of the year seen today.) Another
first for the point today was an Eastern
Phoebe. Yesterday, we had the first Common Tern of the season.
Today, the Hermit Thrushes were
present in large numbers. Both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets
were seen today. Brown Creepers,
Northern Flickers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,
Downy Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher,
and American Crows were also present. Turning our attention to the
bay, we saw American White Pelican,
Double-crested Cormorant, Blue-winged
Teal, Green-winged Teal, Common Merganser, Scaup, American
Wigeon, and Sandhill Cranes.
We also saw Wild Turkeys scurrying
into the brush. A couple of Cooper's Hawks
passing over head completed the day.
|The first Great Egret
of the season was seen flying over the point today, as a single
American White Pelican floated
in the shallows near shore. A few Bufflehead,
Common Mergansers and American Black Ducks could be seen among the
much larger numbers of scaup further out in the bay. Raptors today
included a Red-tailed Hawk that
was hanging out near the bridge, as well as a male Northern
Harrier also in the same area. This is probably the same bird
as the one seen a few days ago, but there has been no female spotted
yet. Dark-eyed Juncos are still
around, but no American Tree Sparrows were seen today. Both Fox
Sparrows and Song Sparrows
were also seen. Tree Swallow numbers
as well as Northern Flicker numbers
seem to be on the rise at the point. A female Wild
Turkey was seen at the edge of the marsh
|I took a quick trip out to the point today, and
was rewarded with a good view of three Tundra Swans in the water near
Point 1. A few other species observed today were Scaup, Common Goldeneye
and Double-crested Cormorants. In the wet forested area near the road,
some highlights included Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Brown Creepers,
Golden-crowned Kinglets and Rusty Blackbirds.
|4/9/04 Nick Walton
It was fairly quite at the point today with only twenty-four species
recorded. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
were common and there seemed to be an unusually high number of Black-capped
Chickadees. Song Sparrows have almost completely replaced American
Tree Sparrow as the most abundant sparrow on the point. Northern
Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay and Brown Creeper were
|There was a great deal of bird activity today out
at Point Sauble. Good numbers of Fox Sparrows and American Robins
were very active. A female Purple Finch
was also seen near the wooded site number 10. The first American
White Pelicans of the year were seen loafing at the point.
Other firsts of the year at the point included Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers, Northern Flickers and a Great Blue Heron. A male
Northern Harrier was seen coarsing
over the marsh (this was also a first for the point this year). Today
also produced some excitement, with the first Yellow-rumped
Warbler of the season. Several of the other species seen today
included Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged teal, Northern Shoveler, American
Black Duck, Red-tailed Hawk and Bald Eagle.
|It was our best day at the point so far this year,
with a total of 53 species. First sightings
of the year at the point included Turkey Vulture, Hermit Thrush, Horned
Grebe, Tree Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Eastern Meadowlark (visual
confirmation). For the first time this season, we saw larger numbers
of Double-crested Cormorants. Waterfowl
included Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged
Teal, Canvasback, and Redheads among others. A single Glaucous
Gull was seen preening out on the ice. Other species seen today
included Brown Creeper, Fox Sparrow, Rusty
Blackbird, and Golden-crowned Kinglet.
|A thick fog limited the view somewhat today, but
we still had a good number of ducks; species included Mallards, Greater
and Lesser Scaup, Redhead, American
Black Duck, Common Merganser, Red-breasted
Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Gadwall and Ring-necked Duck.
Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal,
American Wigeon and Wood Ducks were all seen for the first
time this year. Other firsts for the year included Pied-billed
Grebe, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Rusty Blackbirds and
Killdeer. Song Sparrows
were present in good numbers today, along with large numbers of Common
Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds. A single Blue
Jay was observed; though this may not seem noteworthy, there
have been few sightings in recent months.
|The ice is disappearing near Point Sauble
and there are good numbers of ducks further out in the bay. The highlight
today was a single Ross' Goose
mixed in with a large number of Canada Geese. On shore, a number of
Common Redpolls were bathing in
and drinking from a small water runoff and preening in nearby trees.