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Here are some bird sightings for April 13, 2020:

  • Northern Flicker-East Side Drive. This particular woodpecker spends most of its time on the ground looking for ants and other insects. It is frequently observed along the roadsides flying away with a flash of a white rump.
  • Eastern Phoebe by the Toy Museum
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers-These are known for the rows of small holes it drills into sap trees. Males tend to arrive on breeding grounds first and courtship displays include showing off their colorful throats by pointing their bills straight up.
  • Song Sparrow-Little Sand Bay Preserve
  • Eastern Meadowlark-singing on tops of apple trees in open fields toward Island Airways.
  • Brown-headed Cowbirds-open field areas.
  • Small flocks of Dark-eyed Juncos
  • Snow Buntings observed along the shore of Sand Bay.
  • American Robins are plentiful.
  • Am. Kestrel noted sitting on electric wire at LSB.
  • Harbor species observed: Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted Mergansers, a few Redheads left, Buffleheads, Mallards, Common Golden-eye, and Blue-winged Teal along with Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.
  • Ruffed Grouse are drumming, Turkeys displaying, and 1 male and 2 female Ring-necked Pheasants were seen on Kings Highway at the corner of Sloptown Road, courtesy of Charlie Carey.

Our common winter bird species are busy looking for nesting sites:

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpeckers
  • Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Blue Jays

Check out the great photos on the Beaver Island Birding Trail Facebook page. Happy birding!

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Male Common Golden-eye performing courtship display-Harbor. Photo courtesy of Frank Solle.