Our hardy group of nine Washtenaw Audubon birders braved a 25-degree windchill and heavy-at-times snow showers in search of spring migrants in the Arb. We lingered for a long time where ground litter obscured a Fox sparrow and Winter wren. Suddenly the Fox sparrow perched in the open where everyone had long and close looks; a Hermit thrush perched even closer displaying his profile and straight on. We met Andrew Pawluk at the boardwalk who put us onto a Winter wren.

This tiny gem perched momentarily on ground litter, sang, and called. The nesting Cooper's hawks were not relocated but the Red-tailed hawk was soaring high above the central valley. Our views of Yellow-bellied sapsuckers were less than momentary. On the cold walk to our cars, we finally saw Brown creeper (thanks to Andrew again) and Golden-crowned kinglets.

It was cold and blustery today. We missed several species and our group was so small. There will be a second early Arb walk on  Saturday morning April 16 at 8:00 am. Please join us and hope for better weather!

A list of birds seen and heard is below:

Nichols Arboretum, Washtenaw, Michigan, US
Apr 9, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:11 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
28 species

Canada Goose 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 1
Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 38
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at eBird