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Worm-eating

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Today I birded with my Uncle Mory at the Allegan State Game Area in southwest Michigan in search of a few target warblers. We were hoping to find Cerulean, Prothonotary, Hooded, and Blue-winged Warblers, with our main goal being a prospective life bird for both of us - the Worm-eating Warbler.

We found this INDIGO BUNTING near the beginning of the trail where we would search for the warblers.
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We ended up seeing or hearing all of our target warbler species except for the Prothonotary; however, they were all extremely, let me repeat - extremely, uncooperative and allowed for fleeting glimpses at the most.

The only photo I obtained of the main target bird of the day, the Worm-eating Warbler, was this terrible one. And the only reason why I got this photo is because I had to creep around through the dense thorns and briars, on a 45-degree angle wooded hillside, for twenty minutes. In the process, I got a few scratches, picked up a tick (what a nasty creature!), obtained this miserable photo of the bird, and became very frustrated and hot!
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It was actually productive, yet frustrating, birding. I identified many birds by ear, including goodies such as BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and even YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, yet I failed to see any of these - and this was the case for many more birds today, as well.

Later in the evening because my uncle and I were in Grand Rapids for a wedding reception, we searched for a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS that are nesting downtown. At one point, one falcon flew over us; however, it soon flew out of sight and we were never able to obtain any photographs.

Bird-of-the-day goes to the Indigo Bunting, with no awards to the annoying warblers. Runner-up to the Peregrine Falcon. The full list can be found below. It was a good day of birding, but the birds were just not very cooperative!

Thanks to my Uncle Mory for driving and birding with me today!

Henry
World Life List: 885 Species (1 life bird today: Worm-eating Warbler)

Posted by skwclar 20:07 Archived in USA Tagged me people trees animals birds

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