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  •  Oh, and the grosbeak is pretty wild! (14+ / 0-)

    He was so accommodating, too, sitting nicely for his portrait. There were also Scarlet Tanagers and Vesper Sparrows in the area but they were all too far, too high, or too darn speedy to shoot. The male Scarlet Tanager is truly a sight to behold.

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    by tgypsy on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 07:08:04 AM PDT

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    •  S Ts are spectacular. One of my very favorites. (7+ / 0-)

      But I've not seen either the Scarlet Tanager or the Indigo Bunting here in Michigan, only at Point Pelee during the spring migration. I'm probably not in the kind of habitat they would like often enough.
      The other grosbeak that I have seen in Michigan, albeit in the UP, is the Evening Grosbeak. (Makes sense from what I see of its range.) They are stunning birds, too, and so gregarious.

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      by peregrine kate on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:28:34 AM PDT

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      •  STs are often very local (4+ / 0-)
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        There's a couple forest preserves near Chicago where they routinely nest and chances are pretty good of seeing them. They are one of the very few birds I've learned to locate by sound - they are so spectacular that its worth the effort. I am terrible at birding by sound and it takes me a lot more concentration and effort to remember calls than visual cues. Anyway, they have a distinct buzzy "chick-burr" call - go to the Cornell Dept of Ornithology website where you can hear it.  They like relatively big tracts of mature maple, oak, hickory forest with a closed canopy, probably a hundred acres or more. If you end up on our side of the lake, check out Ryerson Woods - most summers, there's a number of breeding pairs, although the males are probably losing their color now.  An hour or two morning walk in June is very likely to turn up at least one spectacular flourescent red male.

        I loved that video of the peregrine in the diary. How can one not be thrilled to have those birds recolonizing cities?

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        by ivorybill on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 01:15:53 PM PDT

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