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  •  Good afternoon and thanks for the diary (8+ / 0-)

    A very nice combination of pictures and travelogue.

    Michigan sits more or less in between the two places I have spent the great majority of my life (Ontario and Illinois) so I have driven through the southern part of the state quite often but have never spent any time exploring it.  Not surprisingly most of the birds you mention are quite familiar to me from both Ontario and Illinois with the exception of Kirtland's Warbler of course. And Vesper Sparrow which I have only seen once - in Alberta.  VS has always been one of those mysterious birds that occur over vast areas in theory but don't seem to actually exist.

    Was out insect sampling with students earlier.  Not much going on bird-wise - heard a bunch of Brown-headed Nuthatches squeaking in the pines.

    Great photo of the milk snake.  The eastern subspecies seems to often be out and active in the day.  The more southerly and westerly subspecies are much more secretive.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:15:40 AM PDT

    •  Vesper was a lifer for me (4+ / 0-)

      I've been with others who have seen them while I was there - "oh, look at the Vesper Sparrow" - but I was never able to get on one. Kind of satisfying that I puzzled this one out alone, though it took quite a while.

      It was still fairly early in the day when I found the snake. It was still in the same spot when I moved on so I have no idea if it stayed out or not.

      “Parties do not lead revolutions. They follow them. And then only when forced to.” Joe Bageant

      by tgypsy on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 01:11:58 PM PDT

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