In AWE

Sherry Manison guided us to some great birds today at Warren Dunes State Park.

(Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan) When the warblers are on the move, we move to this gem of a state park just up the Red Arrow Highway and bird until we drop.  Or at least until the warblers stop dropping out of the sky.  We hooked up with ace birder Sherry Manison at the Floral Lane entrance to the park this morning and got our binoculars on such worthy warblers as a showy male Blackburnian in sunlight and a male Mourning, not mention a couple of Canadas, a Blackpoll, and, well, I’m too worn out to complete the list. Let’s just say we were in AWE, or in Abundant Warblers Everywhere. Just say we had a great outing, and we are so happy to have hooked up with our friend Sherry.  She can both find and identify the birds, unlike the two of us.   So you know: the spring birding season—for us at least—ends on June 3 with a road trip to the Kankakee Sands area of northwest Indiana which is burgeoning with such unusual (for us) birds as: Bell’s Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, Lark Sparrow, Grasshopper and Henslow’s Sparrows, Dickcissels, White-eyed Vireo, and Orchard Oriole.  Bird, bird—bird is the word!

Sherry (left) and Natalie confirm the most recent sighting.

We removed this Box Turtle from the trail so no tree-gazing birder would inadvertently step on it.

The best I could do on the bird front: a Rose-breasted Grosbeak in silhouette.

Nothing wrong with birding from the sitting position.

Postcard from Warren Dunes State Park. This is the Yellow Birch Trail, which is beloved by birders.

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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