Our group of about twenty birders enjoyed a warm spring morning birding Nichols Arboretum. We had a good look at a lone Fox Sparrow (thanks to a tip from Brandon who joined us in mid-trip), several Yellow-bellied sapsuckers on the west north-south trail, and a Brown creeper here and there. Joe caught sight of a Winter wren zipping atop and through downed trees. Both Kinglets were singing and numerous as the morning warmed up. Juliet spotted the Peregrine falcon and got a few others on it. We heard a singing Hermit thrush at the Warbler Hotspot, later saw two at the "second inlet" on the south side of Dow Prairie.


The bird of the day was a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, photographed and identified by a photographer (whose name I didn't get, my apologies), along the babbling brook just north of the boardwalk (a perfect spot for this bird). I believe everyone saw this uncommon spring migrant hop in low branches, bobbing his tail, along the brook that passes through the boardwalk.

Thanks to all members of the group who spotted birds and shared their sightings with fellow birders. Here's a list with some numbers (see it on eBird):

Nichols Arboretum, Washtenaw, US-MI
Apr 11, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.4 mile(s)
Comments: Washtenaw Audubon Society trip led by Karen Markey.
39 species

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 2
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Turkey Vulture 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 8

Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 14

Brown Creeper 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Eastern Bluebird 3
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 16
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Fox Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 14
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
House Finch 4
Pine Siskin 5
American Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at eBird