On the 18th we had a long drive back south as far as the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo river. Our target here was quite easy to locate - Cerulean Warbler. We soon found a singing male and female that showed well eventually but very briefly and I was too slow for a decent pic, but what a bird.
|Allegan Dam with hundreds of Cliff Swallows flying around.|
|Male Cerulean Warbler|
|Nesting Yellow throated Vireo.|
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail|
Before calling it a day we checked in to our hotel then came back out to have a look at a parkland and wooded area called Al Sabo Park. We found 1 male House Finch, 1 male Pine Warbler, 2 White breasted Nuthatch amongst the more usual garden species.
Our final day was the 19th. We managed to get in a couple of hours at a place called the Kleinstuck Preserve. A mature wood surrounding a marshy area. Even at the final whistle we still found several new species - Barred Owl seen well high up, 2 Wood Thrush with their haunting song and a male Pileated Woodpecker seen several times, my biggest woodpecker to date, even bigger than Black. A good selection of other species here included Great Horned Owl, Swainsons Thrush, Rose breasted Grosbeak, Green Heron, Magnolia, Chestnut sided, Tenesee warblers, Downy, Hairy and Red bellied Woodpeckers plus a few mammals - Fox, abundant Chipminks, Fox Squirrel, Red Squirrel and Grey Squirrel and 5 White tailed Deer.
|Kleinstuck Preserve, Kalamazoo|
|American Red Squirrel|
|Red bellied Woodpecker raiding a chickadees nest by making its own back door.|
So its back to blighty and the real world...
|Great Horned Owl chick.|