Thursday, May 4, 2017

Rare birds at Huron Hills

I recieved this email from the staff at Natural Area Preservation yesterday. It comes from the City of Ann Arbor's Ornithologist, Juliet Berger

I observed a Hooded Warbler at Huron Hills Golf Course Woods today. It was both seen and heard singing, in the mature woods near the small cattail pond west of a home. This is in the section closest to Huron Parkway. In the past this species has nested here, at least once before that we know of, in 2014. A striking yellow bird with a black hood, Hooded Warblers are a Species of Special Concern for our State. We are at the northern edge of their breeding range, as they are generally a more southerly nesting species. They require high quality mature woodlands with shrubby understory, and like to nest near the ground in a shrub. Here is a link to the website article about the Hooded Warbler.

Also, we observed a Pileated Woodpecker checking out the woods in the same area, as well as 2 pair of Scarlet Tanager, and a Wild Turkey. The woods were hopping today!

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Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) photo from wikipedia.

Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) photo from wikipedia.

Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) photo from wikipedia.

1 comment:

Brian Kuehn said...

I have seen and heard a lot of wild turkeys in the area. The other little fellows haven't been seen so I will need to keep a better look out for them.