Even More Birds From Michigan
Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:18 PM
First is this sparrow that was hanging out with a Song Sparrow. Is this a Savannah? Or am I way off?
Second are some swans. Probably nothing much can be made of them. I was taking pictures of a duck way out across the lake and didn't notice the swans until I looked at the pictures. Can anyone say if they're Mute Swans or not?
Last picture, third ID: This bird flew overhead and I thought it was a crow at first. It didn't look quite right, so I tried for pictures. This is the only one I got.
And now a question...I saw a heron or heron-like bird fly overhead. It was low enough that I could see brown stripes on the neck/breast area. It was smaller than a Great Blue. Given that the lake is pretty much bare of vegetation, can I say with certainty that it was a Green Heron and not a Least Bittern? I do have two awfully blown out pictures if needed.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:23 PM
- Savannah Sparrow -- note the short tail in the second shot.
- No way -- you could have Trumpeters and Mutes, but the shots just not good enough to say
- Northern Harrier, I think, but I don't know that I could rule out Cooper's.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:04 PM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:23 PM
As for the heron, I'm kicking myself for not having the camera out when I first spotted it. I'd forgotten about night-herons. Google shows several that would match what I saw, and I just compared sizes between the two possible herons. One reference said crow-sized for Green Heron and what I saw was bigger than that. However, it looks like a Green Heron is more likely in the U.P. than a Black-Crowned. I'm all confuzzled.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 05:53 PM
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:36 PM
I've got a picture of the heron ready to post, so I'll go ahead and do that when I get an opportunity, although I don't think it will help at all.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:06 AM
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:53 PM
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